Examples of projects approved by the HMS Committee on Global Programs and Sites


The Partnership for Health Advancement in Viet Nam (HAIVN) is a collaboration between Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) aimed at building capacity for high-quality health care systems in resource-limited settings. Dr. Lisa Cosimi (Medicine, Infectious Diseases, BWH) is the PI on two grants which fund this work, one from the CDC and one a $6.9 million, 5-year award from USAID. HAIVN works throughout Vietnam in 3 main areas: 1) strengthening medical education through curriculum innovation and faculty development; 2) providing training, mentoring, and coaching in HIV and strengthening systems and capacity for technical assistance in the country; and 3) supporting the Vietnam Ministry of Health to develop policies and regulations that support quality medical education and medical care such as systems of accreditation and licensing.

Dr. Mario Pagenel Fellowship in Global Mental Health Delivery (https://www.pgssc.org/paul-farmer-global-surgery-fellowship)

The Dr. Mario Pagenel Fellowship in Global Mental Health Delivery provides an opportunity for career development in global mental health service delivery and research for post-graduate psychiatrists. Fellows develop expertise in the field while working in Haiti or Rwanda with Partners In Health (PIH) and in collaboration with the Harvard Medical School Department of Global Health and Social Medicine in the Blavatnik Institute.

While most of the Fellowship consists of service delivery work, there is a significant academic research component. The fellow develops an area of academic focus in global health related to mental health service delivery and selects an academic mentor with expertise in their area of interest. Fellows have the opportunity to develop and collaborate in mentored research and educational projects with experts in the HMS Department of Global Health and Social Medicine as well as having the option of participating in ongoing research efforts. Fellows will be eligible to attend a three-week intensive summer program in Global Health Delivery at Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.