Abundance Project for Global Health

Abundance Project for Global Health is an innovative partnership between the Abundance Foundation, Harvard Medical School, Partners In Health and Global Health Delivery Project to empower local health workers in Haiti and Rwanda. Combining the on-the-ground expertise of Partners In Health with the multidisciplinary clinical and scholarly resources of Harvard Medical School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, the Abundance Project for Global Health will create empirically-based delivery strategies to improve health equity in two of the world’s hardest hit locales, Haiti and Rwanda. The Project is led by Abundance Partners Louise Ivers, M.D. MPH., Senior Health and Policy Advisor for Partners In Health in Haiti and Corrado Cancedda, M.D. PhD., Medical Education Director for Partners In Health in Rwanda.

The Abundance Project for Global Health (APGH) was instrumental in helping to develop an Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of Mirebalais in Haiti. In Sierra Leone, the Foundation’s President, Dr. Stephen Kahn, continued to work with the leaders of Harvard Medical School’s Global Health Research Core to support the discovery of critical Ebola-related knowledge and build the country’s clinical capacity, using lessons from Rwanda’s “Human Resources for Health” Program.

As part of the APGH, Dr. Kahn continued to work in partnership with the Global Health Delivery Program at Harvard Medical School to support the development and dissemination of essential medical knowledge to a global network of doctors, nurses, and community health workers through Global Health Delivery Online (GHDonline.org). Through GHDOnline, the Foundation also supported the scaling up of the distribution of free institutional licenses of the preeminent digital medical reference tool, UpToDate, to medical practitioners and trainees in resource poor settings throughout the world.

We also continue to work with the directors of the two-
year program, the Masters of Medical Science in Global Health Delivery (MMSc-
GHD) at Harvard Medical School. This two-year program trains and mentors
tomorrow’s future global health leaders in the design, implementation, evaluation, and improvement of health programs in resource-poor settings.

The Abundance Foundation continues to engage other funders to sustain, scale and replicate this important work, attending site visits and advisory council meetings and representing APGH in other venues.


Blog Posts

BCG Vaccine against COVID-19: Dr. Megan Murray's Research & Videos

  Harvard global health researcher and Chief Abundance Partner, Dr. Megan Murray, hypothesizes that the most widely used vaccine in the world (BCG, originally developed for tuberculosis), might be useful in protecting people against COVID-19. Her insight is based on clinical studies that show BCG works against a host of unrelated infections, including many respiratory diseases. As long-time collaborators -- fighting epidemic disease including Cholera and Ebola -- Dr. Murray immediately ...

Letter from Dr. Stephen Kahn about urgent COVID-19 research on BCG vaccine

Dear Abundance network, This is certainly an unprecedented challenge we are experiencing. I hope you and all of your loved ones are managing to stay both physically and emotionally healthy. Since the first week of March, the Abundance Foundation has been doing everything we can to support research on a potentially game-changing COVID-19 medication. We are ready to take it to the next level, and I am reaching out now to harness the collective wisdom and support of our incredible friends, colleagues, ...