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PUMC Celebrates Its Centennial

Peking Union Medical College (PUMC) celebrated the centennial of its founding with a week of special programs in September. Three CMB trustees joined by eight Rockefeller family members, CMB President Lincoln Chen, and Beijing office staff attended various centennial events.

CMB Presents Work on Graduate Medical Education at High-Level Symposium

CMB was invited to present its work on graduate medical education in China at the China-U.S. Health Cooperation Symposium, held in Washington, DC on September 27. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and China’s National Health and Family Planning Services Commission (NHFPC) were the co-organizers of the program.

Equity Initiative’s Asia Trek Focuses on the Philippines

The second cohort of Equity Initiative Fellows embarked on the Asia Trek component of their fellowship program, which was held August 13-20 in Manila, Philippines. Fellows met with key health actors and policymakers over the course of this one-week experiential immersion, helping them to examine global health equity issues through a regional lens, with the goal of sparking dialogue, critical thinking, and problem analysis.

CMB Support for Silk Road Global Health Fellows Program

Through a CMB grant to Tsinghua University, the Silk Road Global Health Fellows program will train 40 fellows in two cohorts—including junior faculty, professionals, and government officials—to conduct global health fieldwork through 2-week immersion study visits in Southeast Asian or African countries.

The Changing World of Global Health

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez, the former Assistant Administrator for Global Health at USAID, shared his rich experience in the field of global health with about 100 faculty members and students at Peking Union Health Science Center on May 17.  His lecture, titled “The Changing World of Global Health,” presented the changing global context for health, the economic transition of health, and its implications on global health.

19 Equity Fellows Begin Their Program Year

The new 2017 Equity Fellow began their program year with an Opening Retreat in Nha Trang, Viet Nam, March 29 - April 3, an opportunity for introductions and initial bonding among 19 individuals with diverse backgrounds and professional experiences.

Self-Study for Educational Reform at China’s Elite Teaching Hospitals

The China Consortium of Elite Teaching Hospitals for Residency Education Consortium was launched in 2015 to spearhead reform of residency education in the country. Six members of the Consortium are pursuing reform through conducting self-studies of their respective programs. At a March workshop in Guangzhou, supported by CMB, 40 participants representing 6 elite hospitals shared their preliminary assessments on the strengths and weaknesses of their residency education programs, as well as future opportunities and challenges.

The Equity Initiative: Successful First Program Year Draws to a Close

The inaugural year of CMB’s Equity Initiative came to a close in early February, as the 15 Fellows gathered in Bangkok for the Prince Mahidol Award Ceremony (PMAC), held February 1-3, and The Equity Initiative’s Annual Forum. PMAC 2017’s theme, “Addressing Health of Vulnerable Populations for an Inclusive Society,” resonated with the interests of the Equity Fellows, who represent a new generation of leaders for health equity.

Thai Princess Inaugurates CMB Foundation Office for Southeast Asia

On February 1, 2017, the new CMB Foundation office in Bangkok was inaugurated by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. With the joint support of The Atlantic Philanthropies, CMB opened an office on Sukumvit Road in Bangkok as a regional hub for its work in the region, especially the Transformative Leadership for Health Equity Initiative. The Equity Initiative (EI) aims to cultivate 500 next generation leaders and build communities for health equity in the ASEAN region plus China over the coming 20 years.

Three Finalists for Director-General of WHO Answer Public Questions

A special event was conducted at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference in Bangkok on February 2 when the three finalists campaigning to become the next WHO Director-General responded to open questions from about 900 participants at the conference dinner. The three candidates who were short-listed by the WHO Executive Board in the previous week are: Tedros Ghebreysesus of Ethiopia, David Nabarro of the United Kingdom, and Sania Nishtar of Pakistan.