There is still a lot happening in Global Health before the semester ends, don't miss out!



December 10, 2020


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The GHP office will be closed from December 19 to January 3 for the Winter Holidays!

In this edition

News from the GHP Office

Deadline Extended!

GHP Global & Local Community Awards


The deadline for the following GHP Global & Local Community Awards has been extended to January 4, 2021. MDCM students and Medical Residents are encouraged to apply for the following funding opportunities:

Please go to the GHP website for more information on student eligibility and how to apply!

Deadline: Monday, January 4, 2021, 11:59 PM


Young people playing in a tunnel

Last call!

McGill Interprofessional Global Health Course

Registration closing tomorrow!


Started in 2007, the Interprofessional Global Health Course (IPGHC) is a student-led initiative created for students seeking to enhance Global Health content in their professional curricula at McGill University. This course includes lectures delivered by prominent scholars in their fields, panel discussions and interactive activities. This year’s edition of the course will explore strategies to decolonize Global Health in an interprofessional effort, in both local and international settings.


The course is open to McGill students studying dentistry, medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work, dietetics and human nutrition, and speech-language pathology. Students from other academic backgrounds (U2 and higher) with a strong interest in global health are welcome to apply.


The course will run online from January 12 to March 30, 2021, every Tuesday from 6-8 PM.


Registration for the IPGHC closes tomorrow, Friday, December 11, make sure to join us and learn more about Global Health!


More information | Register

Less than a week left:

Call for Proposals: GHP-MI4 Steinberg Seed Fund Grant


GHP is pleased to collaborate with the McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity (MI4) to co-sponsor one Seed Fund Grant (SFG) with support from the Steinberg Fund for Interdisciplinary Global Health Research.


The GHP-MI4 Steinberg SFG will provide one seed grant worth up to $50,000 to enable the launch of a new, interdisciplinary, infection or immunity focused global health research project and make it competitive for sustained external funding.


More information | Deadline: December 16, 2020, 11:59 PM EST

Attention Faculty members:

Make sure you are on our map


World map with each continent in a different colorDid you know the GHP website has a directory of university-wide McGill Faculty members working in global health? If your research addresses health inequalities locally or globally, make sure your work is included on the map! The map is frequently used by students and fellow faculty members looking to see who is doing what at McGill related to global health. You can request to be added via our web form.


View the map | Add or change your listing

Stay tuned!

Coming in the Winter Semester


The Fall 2020 semester is almost over but we are getting ready to launch several events and opportunities after the winter break! Here is a preview:


From The Global Health Community

The West African College of Surgeons (WACS)
Surgical Plan Committee,
and the McGill Centre for Global Surgery (CGS) present:

WACS National Surgical Obstetric Anesthesia Plan
(NSOAP) Workshop


On behalf of the West African College of Surgeons (WACS) Surgical Plan Committee, the McGill Centre for Global Surgery (CGS) is pleased to invite you to the WACS National Surgical Obstetric Anesthesia Plan (NSOAP) Workshop. Participants will be able to address identified challenges and gaps related to the points of entry for the NSOAP. They will also have the opportunity to share lessons learned and get insightful information on advocacy and financing.



  • Prof. Emmanuel Makasa, Expert- Health & Wellness, Cabinet Office of the Government of the Republic of Zambia, Republic of Zambia’s Health representative to the United Nations
  • Dr. Tim Evans, Inaugural Director and Associate Dean of the School of Population and Global Health (SPGH) in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Associate Vice-Principal (Global Policy and Innovation), McGill University

Thursday, December 17, 2020, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM EST

More information | Register | Zoom Link

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines
(UAEM) - McGill Wants to Hear from You


Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) is passionate about ensuring that scientific innovations are accessible to all. Its Open Science committee is working hard to ensure that McGill students can take action and be leaders in open science at McGill! Please fill out a short survey to help them help you! Those who fill out the survey and send an email to UAEM-McGill will receive a T-shirt.


Complete the survey | Receive your T-shirt

The Community Health and Social Medicine (CHASM)
Incubator is Recruiting


Are you looking to be more involved in the community? Are you passionate about community health and social medicine? CHASM is recruiting for their internal team! They are looking for a social media lead, a community & communications coordinator, and a finance lead. McGill students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.


Deadline: Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 11:59 PM EST

More information

Call for applications

Apply for a Research Group on Health and Law (RGHL)
Graduate Fellowship!


Applicants to the McGill Masters of Laws (LLM) with a thesis and to the Doctor of Civil Law degrees planning to complete their thesis on topics related to health and Law are invited to apply for a stipend worth up to $5,000.


Deadline: Tuesday, December 20, 2020, 11:59 PM EST

More information

The McGill Friends of MSF
Annual Case Competition is Back


Are you an undergraduate or graduate student? Interested in global health or infectious diseases? Want to speak with experts in the field? Sign up for McGill Students' Friends of MSF's Annual Global Health Case Competition 2021! Held over Zoom this January 30th and 31st, the case will challenge you to propose a solution to an infectious disease outbreak. Registration is by donation and all proceeds will go to Médecins Sans Frontières Canada. You will be tasked with this challenge: How will a country with limited resources navigate a resurgence of Ebola while simultaneously battling measles and COVID-19 epidemics?


WHO: Undergraduate and graduate students

WHAT: Design a plan to manage the resurgence of Ebola and the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, while also considering the ongoing measles epidemic and various other public health concerns.

WHERE: Zoom (link will be provided closer to the date)

WHEN: January 30th and 31st, 2021

WHY: Learn about infectious diseases and healthcare in the DRC, practice your research and analytical skills, speak with experts in the field, network, and have fun!


To register, you need to complete both the Google and Eventbrite forms.


January 30-31, 2021


More information | Google form | Eventbrite Form | Inquiries


Friends of MSF Annual Case Competition Flyer

Attend the next World Health Assembly
as a Canadian Youth Delegate


Since 2016, the Government of Canada has offered the opportunity for a Canadian youth delegate to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA) and PAHO DC (Pan American Health Organization Directing Council) as part of the Canadian Delegation to observe the workings of these United Nations specialized agencies for health and wellbeing. This opportunity has emerged from the increasing recognition of the critical role youth play in the world today.

The application form for next year's Canadian youth delegate mandate is now open. The target audience for this opportunity is all Canadian youth aged 18-30 with an educational background in a field relevant to global health governance, practice, or policy (i.e., international relations, social sciences, anthropology, health policy, health sciences, clinical care, or public health).


Deadline: December 23, 2020, 11:59 PM EST

Application form

The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)
Trainee Advisory Committee (TAC) wants your opinion!


Are you a student or trainee with an interest in global health? Please fill out our survey and let the CUGH Trainee Advisory Committee (CUGH TAC) know what makes you interested in this field, and the barriers influencing your involvement in global health!


Answer the survey

2020 Canadian Partnership for
Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH)
Global Health Impact Report Released


The 2020 CanWaCH Global Health Impact Report reflects on the past decade of the partnership's collective efforts and visualizes the tremendous achievements, partnerships, and challenges that CanWaCH members have tackled when it comes to the health and wellbeing of women, adolescents, children, and their communities worldwide. Check it out!


View the digital report | Download the PDF version

COVID-19 Updates

McGill experts and COVID-19


McGill researchers and alumni from all faculties are involved in the fight to end the ongoing pandemic.


A full dossier on the McGill COVID-19 response is consistently updated.

The McGill Reporter also continuously highlights how McGill faculty and members of the wider McGill community are involved.


Research Institute at the McGill University Health Centre Infectious Diseases and Immunity in Global Health Program PIs in the news


Upcoming Events

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McGill Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry Seminar Series

Improving Emotional Health in the Community: Health Ministries in Faith Communities

Speaker: Alexander Rödlach, PhD, SVD, ​Associate Professor, ​Anthropology, Medical Humanities and Psychiatry, ​Creighton University

Thursday, December 10, 2020, 3:00 - 5:00 PM - Today!

More information | Register



McGill Department of Geography GeoSpectives lecture series

More information

Geo-Social Determinants of Health in the Time of COVID-19

Speaker: Dr. Nancy Ross, Department of Geography, McGill University

Friday, December 11, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Zoom Link



McGill Alumni Webcast

More information

Your pressing COVID-19 questions answered


  • Dr. Marcel Behr, Co-Director, McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity (MI4), and Interim Director, McGill Infectious Diseases Division.
  • Dr. Timothy Evans, Inaugural Director of McGill's School of Population and Global Health, former Assistant Director-General, World Health Organization, and Executive Director, COVID-19 Immunity Task Force Secretariat

Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 12:00 PM

More information | Register



IHSP Policy Talks Webinar Series

More information


Speaker: Annmarie Adams, McGill University

Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 12:30 PM

More information | Register



The Centre for Global Surgery (CGS) at the McGill University Health Centre, the Canadian Network for International Surgery (CNIS) and the University of Toronto present:

2021 Bethune Round Table

Strengthening Health Infrastructures in Under-Resourced Communities

May 28-30, 2021

More information | Submit an abstract Deadline: January 18, 2021



Please visit each conference website for updates as the COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly.


Médecins Sans Frontières and the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases present:
Noma, a disease that shouldn’t exist anymore

February 11, 2021

Virtual Conference

More information


2021 Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Global Health Conference

Addressing Critical Gaps in Global Health and Development

March 12-14, 2021, Satellite Sessions March 1-11, 2021
Virtual Conference

More information | Register


Global Health and Innovation Conference

April 8-11, 2021

Virtual Conference

More information | Register


Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (AMMI) Canada – Canadian Association for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (CACMID) Annual Conference 2021

April 25-30, 2021
Virtual Conference

More information | Submit an abstract


Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2021

*New dates: April 26-30, 2021*
Virtual Conference

More information | Submit an abstract | Register


American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Microbe 2021

June 3-7, 2021
Anaheim, California

More information | COVID-19 statement | Call for abstracts opening mid-December


Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) & HIV 2021 World Congress

July 14-17, 2021
Virtual Conference

More information | Submit an abstract | Registration to open December 2020

Ways to Help in the Pandemic

Biobanque Québec COVID-19 Data Release 2


The Jewish General Hospital (JGH) Site of the Biobanque Québec COVID-19 ( has collected samples and/or data from over 768 individuals. Extensive phenotypic data and Whole-Genome-Sequence data from BQC19 JGH site participants will be released in the second data release for use by approved investigators. This data release process will be managed by The McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity (MI4) and is being released rapidly to enable COVID-19 research.

Applications for access to data are encouraged from investigators at academic institutions, within industry and from all countries.


More information

Diagnosed with COVID-19?

Join a New Research Institute McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) Clinical Trial


People who are symptomatic with a confirmed PCR+ COVID-19 test are encouraged to volunteer for a new RI-MUHC of inhaled steroids. Potential participants must enroll within five days of first developing symptoms.


Learn more

Participate in the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)
COVID-19 Biobank


If you tested positive for COVID-19 at any point in time, the MUHC COVID-19 Biobank invites you to participate in the MUHC COVID-19 Biobank, an integral part of the Biobanque québécoise de la COVID-19 (BQC), mandated by the Quebec government.


More information | Participate

Student Initiatives


The McGill Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) chapter is involved in two campaigns to support equitable access for COVID-19 treatments, diagnostics, and vaccines. In partnership with 300 artists and activists from 29 countries, McGill students have been working with the Free The Vaccine campaign to encourage institutions to sign the Open COVID Pledge.


About the Open COVID Pledge | About the Free The Vaccine for COVID-19 campaign


Local Volunteer Opportunities: is the provincial platform for matching volunteer centres and nonprofit organizations with volunteers. English website

The following local organizations are also looking for healthy volunteers and donations

Montreal Indigenous Community Network:
Resilience Montreal

Food banks:
Moisson Montreal
Santropol Roulant
Innovation Youth

Donate blood - please follow the screening procedures:
Canadian Blood Services


McGill Student Emergency Support Fund

With new student requests for financial assistance coming in every day, if you are in a position to support student relief, you can do so now by giving here.

In Other News

Job Opportunities

  • Assistant Professor (Research), School of Population and Global Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University - More information
  • Bilingual Quebec Organizer and National Communications Lead, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment - More information

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Hepatitis C Research - Center for Clinical Epidemiology, at the Lady Davis Research Institute (LDI) at the Jewish General Hospital - More information
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in vaccine epidemiology - More information
  • Research Assistant: Environmental Contaminants and Health in Vulnerable Populations - More information

Accredited Learning opportunities from the
Continuing Professional Development Office


The Office for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of McGill University, invites you to join the Wednesday E-Learning Series (WELS) and the Thursday Evening Learning Series (TELS).


These interactive CFPC Mainpro+ and RCPSC MOC Section 1 certified/accredited activities are designed to meet the needs of family physicians, other specialists, allied health care professionals, residents and medical students.


All webinars will be available exclusively online via Zoom.


WELS and TELS online sessions are FREE for McGill Medical Students and Residents.


More information | WELS Registration | TELS registration

Annual Principal’s Prize for
Public Engagement through Media


Each year, the Principal’s Prize for Public Engagement through Media celebrates those who share their knowledge with the media and the public. There are four prize categories designed to acknowledge individuals at all stages in their academic careers. A prize of $5,000 is given to the winner in each of the categories.


Deadline: January 18, 2021, 11:59 PM

More information

Announcing the 2021 Bay Area Global Health
Innovation Challenge


The 2021 Bay Area Global Health Innovation Challenge provides a transformational opportunity to students from undergraduates to postdocs from institutions all over the world to tap into the expertise and innovation ecosystem of the San Francisco Bay Area network:

  • Pitch their global health innovations to global health experts for in-kind and monetary prizes
  • Receive feedback and mentorship from experts drawing from the Bay Area global health network
  • Gain exposure to Bay Area global health organizations and funders

The submission period will be followed by a selection of 15-20 finalist global teams who will be invited to participate in a virtual "academy" of workshops with Bay Area global health organizations, mentoring sessions, and the pitch event on May 1, 2021.


Deadline: December 15, 2020

More information

Get ready for the Davidson Gwatkin Equity Measurement Prize


Metrics for Management is excited to announce the launch of the Davidson Gwatkin Equity Measurement Prize. This annual juried competition will award up to four cash prizes each valued between $5,000 and $10,000 to an individual or team of authors for research that uses their EquityTool and its data to assess and improve services that reach the poor or to gain insight into wealth equity in low- and middle-income countries.

You can submit a nomination for a 2021 Gwatkin Prize at starting May 1, 2021. Additional details, including eligibility and judging criteria, are available here.

On our radar


Alliance exclusive: Interview with Dr Tedros of the WHO - Alliance magazine - December 1, 2020 (Interview by 2020 Global Health Night Keynote Speaker Professor Senait Fisseha)


RI-MUHC researcher Nitika Pant Pai advocates improved access to HIV self-testing for Canadians - McGill Health e-News, December 2, 2020

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