It is our great pleasure to present to you the UCLA Center for World Health (CWH) 2015-2016 annual report. CWH is actively engaged in 70 countries around the world. Faculty members of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA partner with international colleagues on over 200 educational, research, and service programs. Key CWH regional strategies include initiatives in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia; some of our successes in each region over the last year are described in detail in the report, which covers our 2015-2016 fiscal year.
This last year was a pivotal one for CWH, as we concentrated our efforts on building bridges and investing in people and partnerships that support our vision of healing humankind through shared knowledge and compassion.
Working in some of the world’s most resource-challenged settings such as Malawi and Mozambique, we focus on capacity building to improve medical education, clinical care, and scientific expertise and work to address the most pressing health challenges.
Societal demand for improved health outcomes in many countries has opened additional windows of opportunity for CWH to further collaborate with our partners in middle- and high-income countries. Such partnerships can accelerate learning and innovation, both in the U.S. and in partner countries.
Aside from these focal areas, our annual report features a Letter from the Director, a section on the expansion of our Global Surgery Initiative, and illustrates the work of some of the students and faculty of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Our international residency programs and the first annual Los Angeles Global Health Conference, hosted by CWH around the theme of “Transdisciplinary Perspectives in Global Health” are also highlighted in this report.
Our website provides additional information on the projects of our many global faculty and partners that we weren’t able to feature in this report. The UCLA Center for World Health would like to thank you all for your continued interest and support. Please feel free to contact us should you be interested in learning more about CWH.
Dr. Thomas J. Coates
Dr. J. Thomas Rosenthal