JOHNS HOPKINS ESTABLISHES CENTER FOR CLINICAL GLOBAL HEALTH EDUCATION
Center Will Train Health Care Professionals in Resource-Limited Settings
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has established a new center designed to provide clinical training to health care providers in parts of the world where resources and infrastructure are limited or lacking. Called the Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE), the new operation aims to use advanced telemedicine technology and Hopkins experts to provide clinical training to health care workers around the world in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
“Recently, many donors have made it possible to obtain HIV/AIDS medications for some of those infected adults and children in resource-limited settings,” says Robert Bollinger, M.D., M.P.H., director of the new center. “Unfortunately, these medications help only a fraction of these infected populations. These countries lack experienced, trained health care providers to dispense the drugs effectively and safely. Professionals need to be properly trained, and that’s where the center can help.”
So far, more than 50 different countries have expressed interest in the Center’s programs. As one of its first projects, the CCGHE will initiate an intensive, interactive HIV training program at the BJ Medical College in Pune, India, this November. It will include more than 20 live telemedicine lectures by JHU faculty for frontline Indian physicians. The CCGHE has also started specialized clinical education programs in Ethiopia and the Congo and will facilitate clinical research collaboration among participating institutions in these countries.
“We are very happy to collaborate with the CCGHE,” says Alexander Nason, director of the Johns Hopkins Office of Telemedicine and director of Johns Hopkins Interactive. “Telemedicine and Web-based learning tools provide easy and relatively affordable ways to create links between Hopkins and international care providers.”
Initially funded by The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the CCGHE plans to maintain operations through donations from individuals and companies in the United States and abroad.
For more information, please visit the Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE) at www.ccghe.jhmi.edu.