Office of Global Health

UPDATE - JULY 1, 2014 Travel Advisory from the UMMS Office of Global Health - Ebola Outbreak
As many of you are aware, the Ebola virus outbreak continues in 
West Africa.  While most cases have occurred in locations close to the Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia borders, new cases have been reported in June 2014 near Monrovia, Liberia. The Office of Global Health has been monitoring the situation closely since the outbreak began in February 2014 and will continue to do so.

As of this notice and until future notification, 
UMMS will not support any travel to Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone for any UMMS individuals, until further notice. To read the complete Office of Global Health Ebola Outbreak Update and Memo please click on this link: International Travel  - Ebola Outbreak

The Center for Disease Control Issued an update on the West Africa Ebola Outbreak on July 31, 2014Level 3 Travel Warning. What this means is that The CDC today issued a warning to avoid nonessential travel to the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

The World Health Organization (WHO) updated its Ebola Report on July 31, 2014. Please click on Disease Outbreak News for additional details

Ebola Relief Efforts

Many members of our UMMS-UMMHC Global Health community have direct ties to Liberia and have asked how to assist with the devastating Ebola outbreak. There are several ways in which you can assist with the relief efforts. Please click on this link for a list of ways you can help. For in kind donations, such as gowns, masks,etc, please click on this link for a list of items needed by healthcare workers. We thank you. For any questions or additional details, please contact Deborah Noble, Project Coordinator at OGH at 508-856-2840 and .

Travel Advisory - Caribbean Islands and South America

The Office of Global Health has received through the UMMS AIG a Health Advisory regarding the Chikungunya Virus (CHIKV) for the Caribbean Islands and South America. Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is an illness transmitted to humans by Aedes mosquitoes carrying the virus, the same mosquitoes that carry dengue. There is currently no vaccine or specific treatment; however, medications may be used to reduce symptoms.

From UMassMed Now: Expert's Corner: Sharon Green on the Threat of CHIKV

CDC Update: July 21, 2014 - The first locally acquired case of chikungunya, a mosquito-borne disease, was reported July 17, 2014 in Florida. Learn more at "Chikungunya Hits Mainland"

To read the full CDC advisory click on this link: July 18, 2014 CHIKV Advisory

Caribbean Islands

 Confronting HIV/AIDS at UMMS: From first cases to "functional cure"

Katherine Luzuriaga and Donna Gallagher shared their experiences as part of a panel of clinical experts to discuss their roles in the history of the disease and the research for a cure. "Surviving and Thriving: History of HIV Research and Care at UMMS" on April 22, 2014, was hosted by the Lamar Soutter Library’s Office of Medical History and Archives, which has compiled the history of HIV research and care at UMMS. You can view the full article by Ellie Castano, UMass Medical School Communications online .

For additional information and an overview of the history of AIDS research and care at UMMS visit, visit the Office of Medical History and Archives website.

2014 AIDS Panel

Foreign Policy names Luzuriaga a 'Leading Global Thinker for 2013' for HIV Research
UMass Medical School immunologist Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, has been named to the list of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013 for “bringing the world closer to a cure for HIV.” Visit UMassMedNow for the  full article (online), December 12, 2013.


New Pediatric Global Health Fellowship Program
The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) is pleased to announce a call for applicants for it's newly established Pediatric Global Health Fellowship Program, starting in July 2014. For more Information visit the OGH and UMMS Funding Opportunities Page.


Global Health Partnerships
UMass Medical School welcomes Liberian health care leaders: Women in Public Service delegates attend UMass conference, visit Worcester Campus.
By Sandra Gray, UMass Medical School Communications, June 18, 2013


Global Health Research
The 2013 TIME 100: Hannay Gay, Katherine Luzuriaga and Deborah Persaud - AIDS Researchers
By Mark Dybul @TIME (Click on the article to read more) 

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 University of Liberia

Collaborators from UMMS, University of Liberia and Health Education And Relief Through Teaching (HEARTT) are pictured at UL during a March 2011 visit.

From left to right: Donna Gallagher, APRN, co-director of Global Health; Vuyu Golakai, MD, dean, University of Liberia School of Medicine; Dean Terrence R. Flotte, MD; Emmet Dennis, PhD, president, University of Liberia; James Sirleaf, MD, HEARTT; Patricia McQuilkin, MD, director of Pediatric Global Medicine Education and Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, associate provost of Global Health.

To read more about Launcing Medical Education Studies in Liberia click here