This past month, the University of Minnesota's Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility hosted the third annual Quie and Peterson Global Health Lecture at the Weisman Art Museum. This year's keynote speaker, Dr. Dennis Carroll, highlighted six of tomorrow's mega-trends and their implications for global health. These trends pose both challenges and opportunities as we head into the new decade and look forward to what the future will look like in the year 2100.
The Minnesota Project lasted from 1955 to 1961. The six-year program was a partnership between the University of Minnesota and Seoul National University focused on rebuilding medical infrastructure in South Korea after the Korean War. To this day, it continues to show robust outcomes.
The city of Seoul is a bustling metropolis with its blend of modern skyscrapers towering in the downtown area and Gyeongbok palace just a subway train ride away. South Korea has quickly risen to become a global leader in technology and industry, particularly within medicine.
From 2017 to 2019, the University of Minnesota partnered with Kabul University of Medical Sciences to build capacity for training the future health workforce in Afghanistan. As the project comes to a close, the interdisciplinary team reflects on the experience and their hopes for continuing partnership.
Health sciences faculty from Minnesota and Kabul, Afghanistan have virtually and physically traveled across the world to meet and learn from one another. They met in-person five times over two years. Relationship-building and educational activities took place where local partnerships could also be established in countries accessible for both Kabul University of Medical Sciences (KUMS) and University of Minnesota (UMN) colleagues, including India, Rwanda, and Egypt. Integral partners in these host countries included the University of Rwanda, the National Reference Laboratory of Rwanda, and Manipal Academy of Higher Education.
Since 2012, the University of Minnesota has partnered with the United Nations Migration Agency (IOM) to build the agency's capacity to perform health screening and health assessments for U.S.-bound refugees.
The IOM is the leading international organization committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. The University's partnership with the IOM, currently led by the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (CGHSR), has focused primarily on training programs, exchanges and providing subject matter expertise.