In 2019 we continued to explore multiple dimensions of global health education and training through doctoral and postgraduate university programmes, short courses aimed at diverse groups of health professionals, and capacity-strengthening activities to support the work of colleagues around the world.
In June, together with the University of Barcelona, we hosted the 8th edition of the international leadership course “Science of Eradication: Malaria”, which we have co-organised with Harvard University and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute since its launch in 2012. Fifty-one rising research and public health leaders (28 women and 23 men) from 35 countries joined us in Barcelona to share the latest scientific research and policy initiatives aimed at eliminating malaria.
Our capacity-strengthening activities included a workshop entitled “Monitoring and Evaluation for Research Capacity-Building Activities”, aimed at mid-career scientists in low- and middle-income countries, and the development of a training toolkit for the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), as well as a science management course for Portuguese-speaking African researchers, funded by the “la Caixa” and Gulbenkian Foundations and co-organised with the Manhiça Health Research Centre.
Last but not least, we were proud to celebrate the 22 PhD candidates who successfully defended their doctoral theses in 2019, 11 of them with international mention. Along with a record number of students in the Master of Global Health (28 in the Global Health Track and three tropEd International Health Master candidates), one in the Diploma of Global Health Fundamentals, and 10 in the Master of Clinical Research: International Health track, they form part of a cohort of over 700 students who participated in ISGlobal education and training programmes over the past year.