What is it all about

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.



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


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 


High impact collaboration initiatives:


  • Over 250 cancer health professionals trained across Africa
  • 2018 Award of Excellence in Education Innovation by the AAPM
  • Global Oncology University. Learn more
  • Education Fellowships  for trainees in Africa
  • Over 180 travel/professional development awards to Harvard Medical School to learn, network and start new  collaborations
  • Three Books by IOP publishing including yearly summit proceedings


  • 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
  • Peer-reviewed Publications,
  • Over 6 filed patents with excellent in research innovation awards
  • Co-mentored research involving faculty mentors from the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and Low and Middle Income Country Institutions


  • Telemedicine: including diaspora-supported tumor boards 
  • Catalyzing establishment/support for a growing number of cancer  centers and academic institutions, including in Kenya, Cameroon, Rwanda, Tanzania, Nigeria and South Africa


  • Unprecedented partnerships with the diaspora 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 Catalyst summits