The Division of Community Engagement

Global Health Rounds

Global Health Rounds are held approximately every two weeks on Mondays starting September 23, 2019 through to April 27, 2020 from 12:00 pm - 12:55 pm in ECHA 2-420.   Check our Calendar of Events to confirm dates. Everyone is welcome to attend the live presentations!  

The overall theme of Rounds is health of the underprivileged regardless of location and addressing disparities. Subject matter ranges from health determinants of specific populations (e.g. children, mothers, marginalized communities) to the burden of disease (e.g. malaria, HIV). The audience is encouraged to propose topics for future Rounds.

Faculty members, students and residents undertaking global health research or programs, or research in related topics, will often make presentations. Presenters have covered subjects as diverse as the impact of environmental change on sustainable health and the challenge of poverty in reaching the Millennium Development goals. Students of health sciences faculties undertaking global health electives or field work are also encouraged to present their work.

Please contact for further information and if you are willing to present at Rounds.   More information about Rounds is also available if you subscribe to our Global Health Monthly.

Note:  Students who attend Global Health Rounds can claim their attendance for credit toward the 12 Hour Global Health Elective.

Childhood Malaria:  Reflections on a Global Health Elective in Jinja, Uganda
Mon. Dec. 16, 2019
12:00 pm - 12:50 pm, ECHA 2-420

This presentation will briefly describe the epidemiology, pathophysiology and treatment of malaria and current trends in malaria research with U of A professor and Canadian pediatric tropical medicine specialist Dr. Michael Hawkes and his summer 2019 medical students. Because malaria is the most common reason for admission to the Jinja Regional Referral Hospital (JRRH), trainees benefit from a high volume of cases, including severe malaria cases. Malaria is the 3rd leading cause of death in children globally, after pneumonia and diarrheal illness, and any child health specialist should have some familiarity with the disease. This level of clinical exposure is not available anywhere in Canada, US, or Europe. Because of several research projects ongoing at JRRH, the laboratory and clinical capacity from malaria diagnosis and management is well above the average in Uganda and elsewhere. This is a U of A success story -- come learn more about how this project is improving outcomes for children infected with malaria.