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2019 Asia Trek: Visiting Health Equity Field Action in Bangladesh

One of the Equity Initiative’s learning modules is an Asia Trek to expose Fellows to outstanding equity actions in Asia. The 2019 Asia Trek (August 31 to September 7) brought 24 Fellows to Bangladesh, a country where 24.3% of the population lives in poverty and where an influx of Rohingya refugees is placing additional burdens on resources and capacity.

Thai Princess Hosts Dinner for CMB Leaders

CMB Chair Wendy O’Neill and President Lincoln Chen were graciously hosted for a dinner in Bangkok by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sririndhorn on the evening of October 9. They were joined by three Thai health leaders: Clinical Professor Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, former Minister of Public Health; Clinical Professor Emeritus/Senator Udom Kachintorn, formerly Vice Minister Education; and Professor Prasit Watanapa, Dean and Surgeon of Siriraj Hospital. The visit was an opportunity to discuss regional and global health cooperation, issues of long-standing interest to the Princess. Ms.

Health Equity Asia 2.0 - New Framework for Social Justice in Health

The social movement for health equity became a core dimension of global health two decades ago, and since that time, overall health progress in Asia and globally has been substantial. However, its benefits have not been equitably shared. One reason is that overall health gains have dominated the priorities (e.g. Millennium Development Goals, Sustainable Development Goals) and social justice in health has not ranked as highly.

Westlake Youth Forum Helps Build the HPS Community

CMB and Zhejiang University School of Medicine convened Westlake Youth Forum 2019, which brought more than 120 participants to the Zhejiang University Haining Campus on June 11-12. The goal of the forum is to incubate a vibrant community of HPS researchers, within China and internationally, and to catalyze future collaboration among participants.This year's forum addressed four essential aspects of HPS: health financing, health technology assessment, access to healthcare, and quality of care.


Launch of China Nursing Consortium of Elite Teaching Hospitals

The Board of the China Consortium of Elite Teaching Hospitals (for physician residency education) launched a parallel Nursing Consortium that aims to strengthen training programs for nurses in the Consortium hospitals. The Nursing Consortium is comprised of 9 leading Chinese hospitals.

Third Annual Forum – Building a Community of Equity Fellows

The Equity Initiative's Third Annual Forum, held in Pattaya, Thailand, January 25-29, 2109, demonstrated that Fellows feel a strong connection to EI and are enthusiastic about introducing incoming Fellows to the goal of advancing health equity in Southeast Asia and China.

China Transplant Conference Focuses on the “China Model”

About 1,400 transplant surgeons and health staff attended the China-International Organ Donation Congress, held in Xi’an on September 21. In recent years, China has introduced a computer-based data bank to track donors and organs, promulgated a criminal code addressing organ trafficking, and begun formulating a “China Model” for organ donation and transplantation.

2018 Fellows Synthesize Leadership Learning and Refine Project Proposals

At the week-long Project Accelerator, 2018 Equity Fellows discussed some of the challenges they are likely to encounter as they work on equity-related issues and practiced constructive ways to respond to those challenges.

Asia Trek: Exposure to Development, Health, and Equity in Indonesia

The 2018 Asia Trek, held August 5-12, focused on Indonesia and introduced Equity Fellows to some of the ways in which the country's development context, policymaking processes, and social and cultural practices shape access to quality healthcare services, particularly for poor and vulnerable populations.

Global Learning during Harvard Week for Equity Fellows

The second part of the Equity Initiative's Global Learning module took place on the Harvard University campus. Fellows engaged in dialogue with researchers and specialists in various aspects of social, economic, and health equity; strengthened skills in leadership and negotiation; and visited community organizations that serve marginalized populations.