Texas Children's Global Health CUGH 2021 Virtual Conference

<p>CUGH 2021 Virtual Conference</p>

Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine were presenting sponsors of the first virtual Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference from March 12th-14th, 2021. In addition, between March 1st-11th, CUGH hosted 30 free, 3 hour Satellite Sessions on a broad range of contemporary global health challenges.

The conference received record-breaking attendance with 700 posters presented and 1,950 people registered. Individuals from over 100 countries participated in the meetings. In addition over 5,000 people registered for the Satellite Sessions. Attendees shared knowledge, identified new collaborators, and heard cutting-edge information on how to address some of the big challenges we are facing.

Texas Children’s Global Health hosted two plenaries sessions and one satellite session during the conference.

Satellite Session

Advocating for Children & Families Globally in the COVID Era and Beyond

Panelists discussed strategies to protect and expand the public health gains for child and family health globally at a time when health systems are challenged by COVID-19.

Keynote Panel:
Anshu Banerjee, PhD | Senior Advisor, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization 
Shaffiq Essaje, BMBCh | Senior Advisor in HIV, UNICEF
Peter Navario, MD, PhD | Executive Director, HealthRight International
Heather Haq, MD | Chief Medical Officer, BIPAI at Texas Children’s Hospital

Case Studies:
Mogomotsi Matshaba, MBBCh | Executive Director, Botswana-Baylor Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence Trust
Alex Kay, MD | Associate Director, Texas Children’s Global TB Program 
Abida Hasan, MD | Director, Baylor College of Medicine Global Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program
Jeffery Wilkinson, MD | Director, Texas Children’s Global Women’s Health Program
Gordon Schutze, MD | Executive Vice President, BIPAI at Texas Children’s Hospital

Advocacy Workshop: 
Aaron Emmel | Director of Outreach & Marketing, Global Health Advocacy Incubator
Mandy Slutsker | Director of Global Child Health Advocacy, American Academy of Pediatrics.


Strengthening Public Health and Surgical Care in LMICS

Panelists discussed their experience in implementing health systems strengthening initiatives in LMICs around pediatric, obstetric and gynecologic surgery, communicable disease and HIV.


Girma Tefera, MD, FACS | Chair, Division of Vascular Surgery and Vice Chair, Global Surgery, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health and Medical Director, Operation Giving Back, American College of Surgeons
Kokila Lakhoo, PhD, FRCS(Edin+Eng), FCS(SA), FCS(PAED), MRCPCH(UK), MBCHB | President, Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery and Chair, International Forum, British Association of Pediatric Surgeons
Jeffrey Wilkinson, MD | Director, Texas Children’s Hospital Global Women’s Health
Heather Haq, MD | Chief Medical Officer, BIPAI at Texas Children’s Hospital
Rosa Elena Mejia, MD | Advisor, Communicable Disease & Health Surveillance, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, Honduras

Women Leaders in the COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Panelists discussed the important role women have played in the global response to the Covid-19 pandemic in the areas of vaccine research, engineering, disease modeling and public health response.


Ana Maria Galvis | Executive Director, Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation-Colombia
Maria Elena Bottazzi, PhD | Associate Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine and Co-Director, Center for Vaccine Development, Texas Children’s Hospital
Alison Galvani, PhD | Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and Director, Center for Infectious Disease Modeling & Analysis (CIDMA), Yale University
Agnes Binagwaho, MD, M(Ped), PhD | Vice Chancellor, University for Global Health Equity and Professor, Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard University
Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD | Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine and Co-Director, Center for Vaccine Development, Texas Children’s Hospital

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