The Global Health Catalyst has been funded by the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, and seed funding from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University, and recently a growing number of funding agencies and industry partners with goal to catalyze high impact international collaborations and initiatives to eliminate global health disparities, with main focus on non-communicable diseases like cancer.
To realize this dream, we have adopted a transformative approach rooted in the values of creative agency and collaborative work embodied in the word UBUNTU. Popularized worldwide by Nobel Prize winners Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela, ubuntu signifies the idea that “I am because we are,” or human connectedness. This ethos rings particularly true in today’s hyperconnected world, where we all share in the bounty of the expanding internet or ICTs and where local health has become global health and vice versa. Based on this values, our approach, focuses on building collaborations, leveraging ICTs/lower cost technologies, and unprecedented partnerships including with the diaspora, industry, government leaders and other stakeholders to catalyze high impact international collaborations to eliminate global health disparities, save lives, advance development. Activities to realize this dream can be classified into 4 areas: Education, Research, Care and Outreach