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Joint pledge of over $5 million will support health research and education in India

Gifts from the Ujala and Wyncote Foundations will create professorships and named scholars at the Center for Clinical Global Health Education
Posted November 18, 2014

For more than two decades, the Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE) at Johns Hopkins Medicine has supported the development of India's current and future health leaders.  Now, through substantial gifts from the Ujala Foundation and Wyncote Foundation, which have combined their support for this effort, the Center will be able to expand existing Indo-JHU partnerships in clinical care, health education, and research.

Together the two foundations have pledged more than $5 million to create two new professorships, fund a new class of scholars-in-training, and develop online resources at the Center. The new professors, to be named at a later date, will work in one of five strategic areas — infectious disease, child health, maternal health, chronic disease, and surgery.  The six Ujala Scholars and two Wyncote Scholars will be tasked with creating novel interventions to improve health care in India, with a particular focus on understanding and fighting tuberculosis.  Tuberculosis is an enormous problem in India, which reports 26% of all tuberculosis cases globally.

In addition, the funding supports development of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) addressing the critical issue of gender-based violence in India. The MOOC will initially be available to as many as 25,000 health care providers in India, who will learn how to identify at risk women and provide them with both clinical and social support.   

"We are incredibly grateful for the contributions of these generous partners," said Dr. Robert C. Bollinger, director of the Center. "With this support, we can build on our success providing education that improves the health of millions of people in India. We hope these gifts will inspire other potential donors to support our mission."

The Ujala Foundation is the family philanthropy of Rajiv L. Gupta, the former CEO of a Fortune 500 company, who created the foundation to focus on education for women and health care improvements in his home country. "In our personal capacity in early years and more recently through our family foundation Ujala we have been very honored and pleased to contribute towards the success of the mission of CCGHE both in India and other regions of the world," said Gupta. "Dr. Bollinger's pioneering work in the field and expanded effort in recent years is an outstanding example of what a team of dedicated professionals achieve with modest resources."

"Wyncote Foundation's gift to the Center is based on their substantial work in addressing the medical care that is critically needed in small communities in India, and in developing model initiatives that can be used in other far-flung regions of the world," said David Haas of the Wyncote Foundation's Board of Directors. "In addition to this fundamental approach to global health research and practice, our gift acknowledges the strong leadership team of Dr. Amita Gupta and Dr. Robert Bollinger."

The Ujala Foundation, based in Pennsylvania, has given Johns Hopkins University more than $1 million in grants, gifts, and equipment since 2009, mostly to the Center's Indo-US program for infectious diseases research and education.

About the CCGHE 

The Center for Clinical Global Health Education was established at Johns Hopkins in 2005 with a mission to train, support, and empower health care providers and health researchers in resource-limited communities. Since its founding it has trained more than 10,000 health care providers in more than 20 countries through collaborations, online courses, and the electronic Mobile Comprehensive Health Application (emocha¬), developed by the Center to leverage mobile phone use to help patients, providers, and researchers.

Johns Hopkins recognizes the gifts from the Ujala Foundation and the Wyncote Foundation as a contribution to Rising to the Challenge: The Campaign for Johns Hopkins, an effort to raise $4.5 billion to support students, faculty, advances in research and clinical care, and interdisciplinary solutions to some of humanity's most important problems. The campaign, supporting both Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine, was publicly launched in May 2013 and is targeted for completion in 2017. Including the gifts from the Ujala Foundation and the Wyncote Foundation, more than $2.7 billion has been committed so far.