Patients with severe blood cancers or non-malignant blood diseases can often be saved only with a bone marrow transplant (BMT). However, in low-middle income countries (LMICs) this procedure is rarely accessible either due to the lack of physician training, hospital infrastructures, drug availability or unaffordable cost.
In 2011, the UIC GlobalBMT initiative was launched to partner with hospitals treating patients with hematologic diseases in LMICs where BMT is highly needed and patients cannot afford to travel to other countries to receive treatment.
The Global Mental Health (GMH) Program is a program of research, training, capacity building and advocacy of the Center for Global Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine. It is comprised of faculty, staff, and students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, from UIC and partner organizations.
The Global Pathology program is focused on capacity building activities through collaborating with local partners to create teaching and training opportunities. The program involves faculty from departments across the UIC College of Medicine including pathology, surgery, and dentistry.
The Global Surgery Program at UIC collaborates with institutions and programs in several countries to pursue the goal of safe, effective, affordable surgical care accessible to all. Students, residents, fellows, and faculty from multiple surgical departments, including Anesthesia and Obstetrics/Gynecology, assist through training, clinical care, research, and innovation to achieve that goal.
The Global Women’s Health Program supports sustainable development of women’s health through clinical, educational, and research efforts and with initiatives in women’s reproductive and gynecologic health. Many of the program’s efforts focus on capacity building in order to improve both access to and quality of women’s healthcare in the regions where they work.
The Global Emergency Medicine program works in several regions of the world to improve both emergency care and disaster risk reduction capacity. UIC faculty collaborate with partners at local universities, healthcare facilities, and Ministries of Health to evaluate capacity, develop and deliver training opportunities, and create infrastructure to improve care.
The Global Cancer program seeks to improve access to quality primary health care services within existing local health care systems, including improving access to quality cervical cancer prevention services. Through collaboration with local partners, the program works to strengthen local health care workforce and service delivery systems.