Consortium of Universities for Global Health

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Consortium of Universities for Global Health
Consortium of Universities for Global Health Logo.jpg
Founded 2008
Type International organization International NGO
Focus Knowledge exchange, global collaboration, information resources, improving global health outcomes especially for the world’s poor through research, education and service
Area served
Key people
Keith Martin (physician), Executive Director
Mission Making the university a transforming force in global health

The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), established in 2008, is a consortium of institutions in

high, middle and low income countries involved in global health. CUGH members currently include over 120 academic institutions.

Organizations associated with CUGH include USAID, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NIH, the

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

The CUGH model embraces the power of knowledge exchange, capacity building, and interdisciplinary collaboration to solve

complex global health problems. Recognizing the mutual benefits of partnerships between universities in low, middle, and high

income settings, CUGH facilitates the creation of long-term relationships. CUGH also facilitates deeper engagement between

universities and their communities, so that global health knowledge can be translated into action.

CUGH Activities[edit]

CUGH's activities include:

  • IMPACT: Facilitating the implementation of evidence-based global health interventions; working to connect universities, NGOs,

governments, the private sector and foundations in low, middle, and high income countries in mutually beneficial partnerships.

  • ADVOCACY: Producing materials, partnerships, and events around global health policy; assisting member organizations' growth.
  • CAPACITY BUILDING: Facilitating interdisciplinary capacity-building in low-resource settings.
  • EDUCATION: Serving as a resource center for global health research, curricula, and competencies; engaging members in the

ongoing development of the global health educational field.

  • ENABLING SYSTEMS: Creating resources to facilitate inter-university exchanges; continuing to serve as a facilitating partner

in university-to-university relationships.

  • INFORMATION RESOURCES: Providing up-to-date, accessible information resources for the general public, policymakers, academics,

and the media. Resources include best practices, educational modules, discussion forums, and opportunities for research and


Annual Conference[edit]

Since 2009, CUGH has held an annual conference to bring together global health academics and practitioners. The fourth annual

conference, held March 14–16, 2013 in Washington, DC, had over 1,400 attendees, representing 56 countries and 721

institutions. Speakers at the conference included Dr. Agnes Binagwaho,[1] the Minister of Health of Rwanda, Ambassador Eric Goosby of PEPFAR, and USAID

Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah.

The 5th Annual CUGH Global Health Conference will be held May 10–12, 2014 in Washington, D.C.. The theme will be

"Universities 2.0: Advancing the Global Health Agenda in the Post-MDG Era." More information about the conference can be found

on the CUGH website.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Fogarty International Center, March/April 2013, "Partnerships, capacity building needed for progress,"Global Health Matters newsletter,