Weill Cornell's commitment to global health is manifest through long-standing international partnerships. Faculty and students at all levels participate in wide-ranging service, research, and training activities to develop innovations and improve health among the world's poor.
Collaborative research and training programs between Cornell University and the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) were first initiated in 1964. Since that time, they have received support from the Commonwealth Fund (1964-1975), the Rockefeller Foundation (1974-1979), and the National Institutes of Health (1979-2022). Dr. Warren Johnson has directed the program since 1964. A central feature has been the exchange of faculty, fellows, and students between the US and Brazil—and over 600 physician-scientists and trainees have participated in these programs to date.
GHESKIO (Groupe Haitien d’Etude du Sarcome de Kaposi et des Infection Opportunistes) Centers, created in 1982 by Dr. Jean William Pape (’79), is one of the oldest institutions dedicated to the fight against AIDS. GHESKIO has three main objectives: patient care, training of medical personnel and community leaders, and operational research.
The mission of Weill Cornell Medical College in Mwanza, Tanzania is to strengthen medical education at the Weill Bugando University College of Health Sciences (WBUCHS) and at Bugando Medical Center (BMC). The goal is to improve and expand upon Tanzania's core of health-care providers, and is being achieved through the bi-directional exchange of faculty, students, and residents between both institutions.