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Global Health Scholars
KEY PROGRAM ELEMENTS
The Global Health Scholars (GHS) pilot project was launched in January 2008 and will conclude in 2013. Through this project, the Foundation connected Dr. Conrad Muzoora, a promising young medical researcher from Uganda, with Dr. David Bangsberg, an international leader in HIV treatment strategies based at Harvard Medical School/ Massachusetts General Hospital. The goals of the project are for the protégé to become a:
- Successful researcher whose work helps provide necessary treatment options for patients who have HIV/AIDS, in addition to another infectious disease, like TB.
- Positive change agent by cultivating the next generation of doctors and researchers, who will remain in Uganda to help fight life-threatening infectious diseases.
On Friday, March 9th, 2012, The Wilhelm & Karl Maybach Foundation held a round table discussion with protégé Dr. Conrad Muzoora and invited leaders in the fields of global health. Dr. Muzoora presented his current research and undertakings in the fight against HIV/AIDS in his home country, Uganda. Coming directly to San Francisco from the 2012 Conference on Retroviral Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle, Washington, Dr. Muzoora presented a thorough view of the current successes and difficulties in the field. Dr. Muzoora’s presentation was well received by those in attendance, and sparked an interesting discussion on the practicality of modern western developed health technology in rural Uganda.
Industry leaders in bio technology, healthcare and distribution also participated in the discussion, providing a balanced perspective on innovation and practical application. This unique combination also spurred discussion of the positive impact mentorship has, and how the relationship of mentor and protégé can be transferred to future generations of mentoring teams. Through the successes of Dr. Conrad Muzoora, the Maybach Foundation takes pride in displaying how mentoring individuals mentored by leaders in their fields can positively impact their entire community.
Dr. Muzoora has also been busy working as the Local Principal Investigator of the COAT trial. This is a multi-center trial study sponsored by the US National Institute of Health (NIH) with test sites in Mbarara, Uganda; Kampala, Uganda; and Cape Town, South Africa. This study focuses on examining and answering the challenging question of when to start Anti Retro-Viral drug treatment for patients who have completed treatment for HIV associated Cryptococcal Meningitis.
Due to his influential fieldwork in the area of HIV associated Cryptococcal Meningitis, Dr. Muzoora has also been selected to be a member in an expert committee assembled by the World Health Organization (WHO), tasked with producing new guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of HIV associated Cryptococcal Meningitis. Dr. Muzoora's work in this committee will conclude with a conference held at the World Health Organization's Geneva, Switzerland offices. The newly formulated guidelines are scheduled for publication in November of 2011.
The Harvard Institute for Global Health and the Global Health Scholars Program joins with the Maybach Foundation in supporting the ongoing mentorship of Dr. Conrad Muzoora. After enhancing his training at both UCSF and Harvard, Dr. Muzoora returned to the Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Uganda where he is responsible for teaching, training and clinical programs. Showing how mentoring is an ongoing process, we are proud to announce that Dr. Muzoora is now mentoring Harvard undergraduate students participating in the International Summer Undergraduate Research Program ( I-SURF). We are pleased to present a video of Dr. Muzoora and some of the Harvard undergraduates he has mentored.
In addition, The 18th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections was held from February 27 to March 2, 2011 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA. This prestigious event accepts applications from notable professionals in this highly specialized field each year. It is with great pride that we announce Dr. Muzoora’s selection as an International Scholar at the 18th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. This distinction will further allow Dr. Muzoora to help fulfill the goal of his work and mentorship by presenting his research in one of the most highly regarded conferences on the subject. Dr. Muzoora, who since 2008 has been mentored by Dr. David Bangsberg of the Harvard Medical School, presented his latest research on HIV associated meningitis. Dr. Muzoora also discussed the latest treatment options and the successes he’s experienced with these groundbreaking treatments among other accomplished researchers on the subject.
On March 3, 2011 the Maybach Foundation, the Harvard Institute for Global Health, the Mass General Institute for Global Health and the Mbarara University of Science and Technology co-hosted a seminar at the Mass General Ether Dome in Boston discussing "Building a Career in Global Health: From the Classroom to the Field - Lessons from Uganda and Cambridge". Dr. Conrad Muzoora was a featured member of that panel.
The greatest burden of the global health crisis lies in the poorest countries while the highest concentration of global health leadership still resides in regions with the lowest burden of disease. Beyond clinics or medications, expansion of human resource capacity is essential for effective public health delivery in poor regions of the world. The World Health Organization estimates that there are currently 57 countries facing critical shortages of health care workers, and a total global deficit of some 2.4 million doctors, nurses and midwives. Africa in particular bears 24% of the global burden of disease, carries only 3% of the global health workforce, and commands less than 1% of world health expenditure. The GHS project aims to develop leadership that better reflects the global burden of disease. Drawing on the global health expertise of Harvard University, and the resources of Harvard and the Maybach Foundation, the Global Health Scholars Project works to establish the next generation of global health leadership in regions that need it the most. Balanced leadership will create more enduring, efficient, and sustainable partnerships to solve the world’s greatest global health challenges.
The ProtégéDr. Muzoora is a promising young doctor and researcher from Mbarara, Uganda. He received his medical degree in Medicine and Surgery as well as a Masters in Medicine in Internal Medicine from Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) and a double Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Muzoora is now a Lecturer in the Department of Internal Medicine at MUST. He is married and has three children.
Dr. Muzoora is exceptionally dedicated to fighting infectious diseases. He is particularly concerned with the difficulty Uganda faces in retaining its most promising healthcare workers and is committed to improving the community where he was raised and educated. He will do so by teaching new generation of medical researchers and practitioners by offering best available clinical services and treatment to local patients, and by conducting important medical research. The Maybach Foundation believes that Dr. Muzoora is a force behind his community, a leader and role model who is able to produce results and empower others.
As part of the AHS project the Foundation provides:
- Medical research mentorship
- Statistical analysis and methodology courses
- Access to high-level sector specific conferences
- Public speaking and writing training
- Training on solicitation of opportunities for publication and funding
- Networking opportunities at high-level sector-specific conferences
- Coaching on the development of concrete objectives that will enable protégé to achieve his personal goal of contributing to the development of a strong core of global health leaders in his country