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CMB’s Open Competition: Supporting Research and Developing Leaders

CMB launched its annual Open Competition (OC) grants program in 2011 to help build the research capacity of early- and mid-career health professionals in China. The OC has served as a leadership development program, with these grants providing investigators funds to develop and implement their own research projects. Initially focused on health policy sciences, the OC has expanded to include other areas that are essential to healthy societies, such as quality of care, health technology assessment, and primary health care. The 2021 theme of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) complements global efforts to improve the health and well-being of women and children; grants totaling $1.4 million were awarded to 22 projects.

Farewell winter, Welcome spring

While snow fell in Beijing last week, it could not diminish the welcome signs of spring’s arrival. We thank our Beijing colleagues for sharing these uplifting photos.

The Pandemic at Two Years: A Reflection

Two years ago, when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic, few among us could have imagined the ways in which this global public health emergency would affect us as individuals and communities. For CMB, an organization that relies upon collaboration, face-to-face exchanges, and candid discussions, the limited opportunities to gather in person have been a sharp departure from our past practices. Yet during these complex times, our history of collaborations and trust has never been more important.
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In Honor of International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, CMB recognizes all the women who contribute to our mission of advancing health, equity, and the quality of care in China and Southeast Asia. It is indeed inspiring to see the many ways in which institutional leaders, health providers, educators, policy makers and so many other women professionals have dedicated themselves to improving the health and well-being of others. We wish you a very happy International Women’s Day!


Paul Farmer, A Leader for Health Equity

The world is mourning the tragic death of Paul Farmer, who died on February 21 at age 62. Dr. Farmer was a transformative figure in medicine and public health. A physician and anthropologist, he was a pioneer in the field of social medicine, recognizing that illness often has social roots and effective treatment requires addressing social structures as well as medical care. His career offers many valuable lessons for CMB Equity Initiative Fellows, and our 2016 Fellows (pictured at left) were fortunate to meet with him during their Global Learning experience in Cambridge, Mass.

Welcome to our 2022 Equity Initiative Fellows!

The Equity Initiative is pleased to welcome 30 new Fellows to its 2022 cohort. This sixth cohort of leaders for health equity includes mid-career professionals from Southeast Asia and China, who work in government, academia, nongovernmental organizations, international organizations, communications, the arts, and private business. While they share a passion for health equity, the Fellows bring a diverse array of experiences to the program – primary health care, mental health, disability rights, disaster response and resilience, rare diseases, the health of indigenous communities, and more – which is certain to enrich their induction year learning and collaboration. Further details on their backgrounds can be found in their bios – click here to read.

PMAC 2022: The World We Want

The 2022 Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) was held virtually again this year (January 26-29), with speakers and participants from across the world. CMB has been a sponsor of PMAC for many years, linking this well-respected international meeting to our Equity Initiative Annual Forum. The theme of this year’s conference was “The World We Want: Actions Towards a Sustainable, Fairer and Healthier Society.”

“Our Founding Story”: Building a Global Community of Leaders for Equity

The Equity Initiative is one of seven values-based, outcome-oriented fellowship programs that were launched with the support of the “big bet” final grants of the Atlantic Philanthropies. “Our Founding Story” shares the inspiring story of business leader and philanthropist Chuck Feeney; Atlantic’s history of support for expanding opportunities, especially for the disadvantaged; and the motivation for the foundation’s final investment in a suite of fellowship programs, each dedicated to promoting systemic change for fairer, healthier, and more inclusive societies.