What is it all about

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” ― Martin Luther King Jr

Welcome to the Global Health Catalyst (GHC) home page. The GHC is dedicated to catalyzing high impact international collaborations  and initiatives to eliminate global health inequalities, with main focus on cancer and other non-communicable diseases. Some high impact GHC collaboration-driving activities and initiatives that have emerged include:

Vision

We have a dream that one day people of all socio-economic, racial, religious, geographic, and cultural backgrounds will have access to quality healthcare.

Approach

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 eliminate health disparities, save lives, advance development. Activities to realize this dream can be classified into 4 areas: Education, Research, Care and Outreach

High impact outcomes include:

Education

  • Over 180 travel/professional development micro-grants/awards to learn, network and start new  collaborations
  • Lectures to over 2000 participants at GHC summits  
  • 250 cancer health professionals trained across Africa
  • 2018 Award of Excellence in Education Innovation by the AAPM
  • Three Books by IOP publishing including yearly summit proceedings  
  • Global Oncology University. Learn more

Research

  • 2015 BWH BRIght Futures Prize on the development of “Tiny Drones to Target Cancer” designed to eliminate both local and metastatic disease responsible for over 90% of cancer deaths. The technology is also expected to significantly reduce treatment times and cost allowing, increasing access to cancer treatment
  • Over 6 filed patents with excellent in research innovation awards
  • Co-mentored research involving faculty from high income countries and Low and Middle Income Countries
  • Clinical trials consortium with 6 African Countries

Care

  • Telemedicine including diaspora-led tumor boards 
  • Showing CARE for football players dealing with pain, CTE, etc
  • Remote treatment planning and QA
  • Catalyzing establishment/support for a growing number of cancer  centers and academic institutions, including in Kenya, Cameroon, Rwanda, Tanzania, Nigeria and South Africa

Outreach

  • Unprecedented partnerships with over 110  diaspora leaders/organizations to turn brain drain to global health gain
  • partnerships with healthcare industry, governments, sports and celebrity personalities to address global health disparities,
  •  Knowledge sharing and public engagement through the yearly Global Health summits