APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
The Abundance Project for Global Health is creating a new model of teaching and research in Global Health and will provide support for medical faculty, as well as on-the-ground training for Global Health practitioners. Using the expertise of Partners In Health (PIH), together with the multidisciplinary clinical and scholarly resources of the Harvard Medical School Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, it will create empirically-based delivery strategies to improve health equity in high need/high priority clinical areas. Abundance Partners, Scholars and Fellows will train local medical personnel to build the health care delivery infrastructure in Haiti and Rwanda, while also directly engaging in clinical practice and research. Under the leadership of Abundance partners, Louise Ivers, M.D. PhD and Corrado Cancedda, M.D. PhD, the Project will educate the next generation of leaders in Global Health.
In addition, the Project will raise awareness of local 'heroes' who are working in resource-poor clinical settings, providing excellent care in extremely difficult settings. The Abundance Foundation is working with the Cine Institute to create short films about these heroes of global medicine to encourage donations. The intention is that 100% of the funds donated to the Abundance Foundation as result of the film will go to Partners in Health specifically for the training and support of Haitian healthcare workers and social workers.
The Abundance Project for Global Health will also support the expansion of GHDonline to ensure that knowledge is shared with the global health community, while also providing individualized case consultations between specialist physicians at the Brigham & Women's Hospital and practitioners in Haiti and Rwanda. GHDonline provides case consultations, subspecialty filters, links to on-line resources, clinical forms and other on-line services.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
Year 1 -
Support for two Abundance Partners (medical faculty), support for the expansion of GHDonline, and production of a 15 minute film and 2 minute trailer on Dr. Kobel Dubique and the Partners in Health/Zanmi Lasante clinic in Parc Jean Marie Vincent in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Year 2 -
Continued support for two Abundance Partners as well as new support for Abundance Scholars & Fellows including: 6 Abundance Summer Fellowships for HMS students, 2 Abundance Annual Fellowships for HMS students, 1 Abundance Annual Fellowship for a HMS PRIME student, and 2 Abundance Project Graduate Fellowships for HMS Division of Medical Sciences PhD students.
Increasing global access to health care and the development of robust health care delivery systems, especially in resource-poor areas, requires the development of a global network of physicians, clinicians, teachers, researchers, social workers, public health planners and other allied professionals who can work in a variety of urban, rural, and emergency settings. Recent advances in medicine and communication technology create an unprecedented opportunity to build new systems for equitable and excellent health care delivery.