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Sustainable approaches to promote health and equity in Latin America: Reports from Ecuador and Cuba

Monday June 6, 2011 - 1:30-3:00pm

UBC Liu Institute for Global Issues - Multipurpose Room

(light lunch and beverages will  be served)

Responding to unsustainable development in Ecuador 
Dr. Jaime Breilh, Director Health Area, Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar, Quito, Ecuador

Effects of export-oriented agriculture and extractive industries such as mining has prompted reflection about the nature of sustainability, linking health scientists and affected communities.  An Andean Region Observatory on Collective Health, Environment and Society led by Dr. Breilh is tracking such trends and approaches to dealing with them.

Recent changes to the health system in Cuba
Dr. Mariano Bonet, 
Director –INHEM-National Institute of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Microbiology, Havana, Cuba

Since its 1959 Revolution, Cuba has achieved excellent health results by developing a comprehensive  nation-wide primary care network that is well integrated with public health capacities and community involvement.  To strengthen sustainability amid economic reforms, the health system is itself continuing to evolve.

Since 2004, UBC has participated with institutions in Ecuador, Cuba and Mexico in an international collaboration on the sustainable management of environmental health risks.  This panel features 2 Latin American population health leaderswho are members of this partnership.

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SPECIAL HONORARY DEGREE CEREMONY FOR DR. AMARTYA SEN

We are proud to have Dr. Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate, is the Keynote speaker of the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program 40th Anniversary series. He will be speaking on April 21st 2011 at 3pm in the UBC Auditorium, where the University of British Columbia will  be conferring an honorary degree for Dr. Sen.  Ticketing information can be found bellow.

Amartya Kumar Sen is an eminent economist and philosopher. He is renowned for his work on the underlying mechanisms of poverty and famine, human development theory, welfare economics, gender inequality and political liberalism. He is considered a ground-breaker among late twentieth-century economists for challenging the notion of self-interest as the prime motivating factor of human activity. His work has helped re-prioritize a significant sector of economists and development workers, and shaped policies of the United Nations. In 1998, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his contribution to welfare economics.

Ticketing Information

The honorary degree ceremony and the conferral address by Nobel Laureate Dr. Amartya Sen will take place on Thursday, April 21 at 3:00pm in the UBC Auditorium on the UBC Vancouver Campus.

Tickets are now available for anyone who is interested in attending. To reserve tickets, contact:

Old Auditorium Box Office 
6344 Memorial Rd.
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2 

Hours of Operation
In-person
Tuesday - Friday 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

For more information, following this link.


United for Global Health Pub Night

Please join us in celebrating spring at the United for Global Health Pub Night!

Wednesday 20th of April at 5pm
Koerner's Graduate Student Pub
UBC Campus http://gss.ubc.ca/wpmu/social/koerners-pub/

We can relax, have a bit of fun and discuss our end of term social, activies for the summer and next term.

See you there!

Creating Change—Creating Impact
A Seminar Presented by Universities Allied for Essential Medicines UBC Chapter and the Neglected Global Diseases Initiative.

Seminar Speakers

Dr. Lindsay Eltis, Professor, Microbiology & Immunology, and Head of Centre for Tuberculosis Research at UBC
Tuberculosis: the modern face of an ancient scourge.

Dr. Rebecca Goulding, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines
Open Innovation and Neglected Diseases

Mr. Angus Livingstone, Managing Director, University‐Industry Liaison Office
Global Access Principles: Dream versus Reality

Dr. Peter von Dadelzsen, Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynaecology
The PRE‐eclampsia‐Eclampsia Monitoring, Prevention and Treatment
(PRE‐EMPT) Project in Pregnancy

Recent recipient of 4 year $7 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Facilitator: Dr. Kishor Wasan, Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences; CIHR/iCo Therapeutics Research Chair in Drug Delivery for Neglected Global Diseases

Graduate and Undergraduate Poster Session—Cash Prizes Highlight your work in Global Health, Neglected Diseases or Essential Medicines

Send a brief abstract with title, discipline and contact information to:
Jocelyn Conway, Coordinator, Neglected Global Disease Initiative by
Email: jocelyn.conway@ubc.ca
Deadline: Monday February 28th at 5:00 pm.
Date: March 4, 2011 Time: Noon—2:00 pm
Location: Life Sciences 3, 2350 Health Sciences Mall

Graduate and Undergraduate Poster Session—Cash Prizes
Highlight your work in Global Health, Neglected Diseases or Essential Medicines
Send a brief abstract with title, discipline and contact information to:
Jocelyn Conway, Coordinator, Neglected Global Disease Initiative by
Email: jocelyn.conway@ubc.ca
Deadline: Monday February 28th at 5:00 pm.
International Development Week at UBC
Monday Feb 7th 5-7pm Global Lounge
International Development Week (IDW) is held annually and this year, is taking place from February 7th to February 11th. IDW highlights the work of Canada’s development community.

The Simon K.Y. Lee Global Lounge & Resource Centre is celebrating IDW by providing an opportunity for UBC students to:

* increase the awareness of the role many Canadians play in international development;
... * learn more about life in developing countries; and
* find out how they can become global citizens, actively involved in international development.

Join us at the Global Lounge & Resource Centre (2205 Lower Mall, Building 1) for events taking place throughout the week of February 7th to 11th.

Monday, February 7th: 5pm to 7pm

The Development of International Development

International development is a concept that lacks a universally accepted definition. Dr. Michael Seear and Dr. Jennifer Chun will discuss different perspectives on the history of development and issues it faces today.

Panelists include:

Michael Seear: As a pediatric respirologist, Dr. Michael Seear’s passion is not only helping children at BC Children’s Hospital where he works, but also assisting children and their families in developing nations. It is Dr Seear’s interest in global health issues that led him to develop two online courses in international health delivery as part of the UBC Certificate in International Development (CID).

Jennifer Chun: Dr. Chun’s research interests are animated by questions about the dynamics of power, inequality and social change under global capitalism. In particular, she explores how individuals and organizations negotiate economic and political shifts associated with the expansion of transnational flows of labour, capital and goods across borders. Much of Professor Chun’s research has focused on the changing world of work and politics for individuals employed on the bottom rungs of the labour market. She is also pursuing new research projects in the areas of race, migration and transnationalism with a focus on place, language and nature.

Tuesday, February 8th: 5pm to 7pm

A Day in the Life of the International Humanitarian

Join us for an open conversation with humanitarians that have worked both internationally and here in Canada. Our panelists include those who work in the health, engineering, agricultural and business fields. We will also have panelists currently working in the field chat with us through skype.

Find out what a true day in the life of an international humanitarian is all about and how you can get involved in this type of work.

Panelists include:

Karim Hajouji is the Program Manager at La Boussole, an organization that offers social services to French speaking people in need. During his time with Medicines sans Frontiers, Karim worked as an Administrator in Congo (DRC) and Angola. Karim has him Masters in Business and Management from the European School of Management.

Tess Baker works with Engineers without Borders. She spent time in Dargo, Burkina Faso, with the village’s farmers’ union to help with leadership and personal development as well as basic business practices. Tess in currently working on a geophysics degree here at UBC.

Joanna Pedersen went to Kenya with Social Entrepreneurship 101 through the Sauder School of Business. During that time, Joanna taught business skills to Kenyan youth for the purposes of developing business plans. Upon returning from Africa, Joanna has worked with First Nations both as a business consultant and also in delivering capacity building workshops. Joanna has her Bachelor’s of Education and a Masters of Business Administration from UBC.

Thursday, February 10th: 5pm to 7pm

The Impact of Journalism on International Development

Is what you see and read about on the news really the whole story? Does the media really represent the “community voice”? Are we really hearing both sides of the story?

Join the Ethics of International Engagement & Service Learning (EIESL), STAND, and the Fiji Awareness Network for a dialogue about how “crisis politics” and “Otherness” is portrayed in the media today.

For more information on these events and the Global Lounge – check out our blog: http://blog.students.ubc.ca/globallounge/

Learn more about International Development Week more generally at: www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/idw.
Creating Change—Creating Impact  - Poster Session
Presented by Universities Allied for Essential Medicines UBC Chapter and the Neglected Global Diseases Initiative

Global Health, Neglected Diseases or Essential Medicines Poster Session

Cash Prizes — $125, $75, $50

All Disciplines Welcome:
Chemistry, psychology, land and food systems, biology, microbiology & immunology, pharmaceutical sciences, law, dentistry, nursing, population & public health, family practice and medicine.


Space is limited—to reserve your spot
Send a brief abstract with title, discipline and contact information to:
Jocelyn Conway, Coordinator, Neglected Global Disease Initiative by
Email: jocelyn.conway@ubc.ca
Deadline: Monday February 28th at 5:00 pm.

Space is limited—to reserve your spot:
Send a brief abstract with title, discipline and contact information to:
Jocelyn Conway, Coordinator, Neglected Global Disease Initiative by
Email: jocelyn.conway@ubc.ca
Deadline: Monday February 28th at 5:00 pm.