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Bridging the gap in the global health workforce

The CCGHE, with Rajiv Gupta’s support, empowers providers in resource-limited countries
Posted April 30, 2013

Health care workers in parts of India and at other resource-limited settings around the world have access to world-class clinical training techniques thanks to programs developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health and Education (CCGHE). “The poorest communities of Africa, Asia, and Latin America suffer from more than 80% of the global burden of disease and death, and these same communities have less than 10% of the world’s trained health care workers,” says  Robert C. Bollinger, MD, SPH ’88, director of the center and a professor of infectious diseases in the Department of Medicine.  To help address this disparity, Bollinger founded the CCGHE in 2005.  Eight years later, the center provides education and training programs in over 20 countries and is considered an international leader in the development and use of distance learning and mobile health (mHealth) technologies, including eMOCHA® . These mHealth technologies have strengthened provider capacity in program areas including domestic violence, HIV, TB, dengue, oral cancer, and drug abuse.

Rajiv L.  Gupta, former CEO of Rohm and Haas, shared Bollinger’s vision for the CCGHE and has supported the work of the center since its launch.   In addition to his philanthropy in the early years, at the end of 2012 Gupta sponsored a three-year $600,000 grant to the center through his family’s Ujala Foundation in order to continue the work of the Indo-US HIV training and clinical research program.   Gupta and his five siblings were raised in India by parents who strongly believed in the value of education—for both men and women.  These values ultimately inspired him to start the foundation that concentrates on education for women and improving the quality of health care.  In addition to promoting the work of the CCGHE, the Ujala Foundation’s total donations to the university—over $1 million—include support for research focused on inherited motor neuron and peripheral nerve diseases being conducted in the Departments of Neurology and Neuroscience.