Building the Next Generation of Global Health Leadership
When the director of Center for Global Health, David Bangsberg, first began contemplating a partnership with the medical school at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), in Mbarara, Uganda, he met with vice chancellor Frederick Kayanja. “If you can do one thing for me,” Kayanja told Bangsberg, “please help me retain my best and my brightest.”
Medical schools across the developing world see their graduates depart for countries where they can command a higher income, or at least work in a smoothly functioning healthcare system. Their departures have repercussions not only for patient care, but for medical research as well. “If you look at the map of HIV, it’s all in sub-Saharan Africa, but if you look at the map of papers published, it’s all in the West and the North,” says Bangsberg. “We want to create a better balance.”
“To me, that’s been one of the most exciting parts of this—trying to create opportunities for really talented people. Some of the best people I’ve worked with have been people we’ve found over there, who would not have had the opportunity to pursue a scientific career without this.”
– Bruce Walker, Director of Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard
The Mass General Global Health Scholars program, and similar efforts for U.S.-based trainees, is focused on retaining local scientific leadership and encouraging careers in global health. Drawing upon the academic training, research mentorship, and global health expertise of Mass General and Harvard University, the program supports the study and career development of rising clinician-scientists in partner countries to develop leadership that better reflects the burden of disease for a more enlightened, efficient, and sustainable response to global health.