A new paradigm in a published paper and big, tragic global health news

By Lawrence Loh, MD MPH

As we’ve worked towards getting our web platform ready we took a brief hiatus over the last little while to devote ourselves to making sure things are ready to go for the collaboration model we’re building with our partners here in North America and abroad. But in the wider global health world, a stunning announcement: after four decades of front-line work and research, the Global Health Council (GHC, website at www.globalhealth.org) is shuttering its doors. This is a stunning reversal of fortune for one of the largest non-profit global health organizations, and leaves an incalculable void as well as plenty of speculation as to what has gone wrong.

It falls to the rest of the global health community to think about how to best challenge the paradigms that a traditional organization like the GHC might have had in adapting to today’s interconnected world with targeted funding and a young, time-and-finance limited workforce. We’re hoping to be part of a new wave of solutions that will enable global health research and projects to continue being a strong

To that end, we have published a commentary / letter to the editor that appeared in Canadian Family Physician with other like-minded colleagues that appears at the following link.


Back to our regularly scheduled programming next week, as we continue to work on bringing you more information about how we plan to maximize the benefit of short-term global health work abroad.

Dr. Lawrence Loh is Chief Medical Officer of The 53rd Week, and a physician in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


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