"If there is to be global health - social, economic, physical and mental - it is necessary for metropolitan areas with the capability to reach out to others to improve health services in ways not intrusive or meddling, and that would also lead to cultural and economic exchanges."

-William F. O'Donnell

What started as a dream to share Milwaukee County's world-class medical and educational facilities to address health, nutrition and sanitation needs in emerging countries has for thirty years expanded, grown and adapted to face the pressing global health challenges of its time.

The "Milwaukee International Health Training Center" was born in 1986 from the collaborative efforts of Milwaukee County Executive William O'Donnell and County Supervisor Terrance Pitts with seed money from a USAID Institutional Development Grant.

In 2017, the Board of Directors voted to change the organization's name to the Milwaukee Global Health Consortium to emphasize the ever increasing need for transdisciplinary thinking and intersectoral cooperation. Over the thirty years prior, the organization engaged in countless projects and partnerships around the globe, as detailed below:

William F. O'Donnell

Terrance L. Pitts

Academic Collaborations


Jagiellonian University Medical Academy, Krakow, Poland State Medical College; National Post Graduate Medical Academy, Tblisi, Republic of Georgia
Jiao Tong University School of Medicine; Zhejiang University Medical School, Hangzhou, China
Kabul Medical University, Afghanistan
University of Asmara Medical School, Eritrea
Makerere University Medical School, Kampala, Uganda
University of Nairobi Medical School, Kenya
University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka Medical School, Zambia
Livingstone General Hospital, Livingstone, Zambia
Walter Sisulu University; Fort Hare University, South Africa
St. John’s Hospital and Medical College, Bangalore, India
Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

 

International Food Relief Partnerships


KENYA –  12 million meals, Partners: Nyumbani Village, Christian Health Alliance of Kenya
ZAMBIA – 4 million meals, Partner: United Church of Zambia
GEORGIA – 4 million meals, Partners: Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Shida Kartli-Gori Regional Health Administration
ARMENIA – 4 million meals, Partner: Lori Marz Health Administration
SOUTH AFRICA – 6 million meals, Partners: Philani Nutrition Centers, Capetown, Buffalo City Municipality
TANZANIA – 4 million meals, Partners: Anglican Church of Tanzania Diocese of Dar es Salaam, MEA Foundation
NAMIBIA – 4 million meals, Partner: Church Alliance for Orphans

Short Term Training (In Country)


MALAWI

District Level Primary Health Care Intersectoral

Planning and Action
Scope: Fostering coordination and community participation to improve primary health care by involving such sectors as agriculture, animal husbandry, food, water supply, education and adult literacy, public works and industry
Results: 42 participants from the above sectors were trained as facilitators to promote the development of and provide training in Primary Health Care Intersectoral coordination,

Partners: Malawi Ministry of Health, United Nations Children’s Fund, African Medical and Research Foundation, United States Agency for International Development

ZIMBABWE

Health Sciences Information and Library Management
Scope: Training medical librarians in the management dissemination of health sciences information with the aim of improving district hospital medical libraries,

Results: Training of 21 medical librarians

Partners: United Nations Children’s Fund, United States

Agency for International Development

GUATEMALA

HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention
Scope: Training of health promoters and community health workers in HIV/AIDS, including techniques for dissemination of this information in their communities,

Results: 31 health promoters and 76 community health workers trained and provided with instructor manuals,
Partners: Experiment in International Living

KENYA

Pediatric HIV/AIDS
Scope: HIV/AIDS training workshop for health professionals and allied health workers.  

Results: Training for 100+ health professionals 

Partners: Christian Health Alliance of Kenya, University of Nairobi, Kenyetta University, Catholic Medical Mission Board, Nyumbani Village, Moi University, Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital, Miller Brewing, Emmanuel Presbyterian Church

Long Term Partnerships


POLAND

Pre-Hospital Emergency Medical Services Development
Scope: EMS training and demonstration project in three cities, restructuring existing Soviet model ambulance service to provide improved care for major trauma and critical medical conditions
Results: More than 1,200 physicians, nurses and first responders trained and certified in accordance with U.S. life-support standards; establishment of the first academic department of emergency medicine at the Jagiellonian University Medical Academy; convening of the first Polish American EMS Congress; procurement of modern pre-hospital life-support and trauma care ambulance equipment
Partners: Polish Ministry of Health, Municipal Ambulance Services, Jagiellonian University Medical Academy Krakow, United States Agency for International Development 


REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA

Primary Health Care Development 

Scope: Training of family physicians, family health nurses and dentists in the Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Shida Kartli-Gori Regions; restructuring of existing Soviet model polyclinic multi-specialty system of primary care; development of community hypertension services; establishment of family medicine clinics and regional family medicine and primary care nursing training centers

Results: Establishment of the first rural family medicine clinic and regional family medicine training center in Georgia; development of core groups of family medicine and nurse trainers; retraining and licensing of 98 primary care physicians in family medicine, 120 nurses in primary care nursing, 12 dentists in preventive and general dentistry and 100 physician and nurse teams in the management of hypertension; construction of the first purpose dedicated rural family medicine clinic and regional demonstration and training center; procurement of medical equipment and antihypertensive medications

Partners: Georgian Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs, Regional, District and Municipal Health Authorities, Georgian Social Investment Fund, American International Health Alliance and United States Agency for International Development

REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA

Rural Primary Care Physician and Nurse Training
Scope: Retraining of primary care physicians and nurses from rural health centers in family medicine and primary care nursing; training of trainers; establishment of a rural primary care training center, Results: Establishment of the first primary care training center in Lori Marz; development of family medicine and primary care nursing trainers; retraining of 18 primary care physicians and 6 primary care nurses; procurement of medical equipment
Partners: Armenian Ministry of Health, Regional Health Authority, State Medical University, Department of Family Medicine, National Institute of Health, American International Health Alliance, United States Agency for International Development, and Armenia Social Transition Program

ZAMBIA

HIV/AIDS Pharmacist Training
Scope: Training of pharmacists and pharmacist trainers as members of ARVT clinical teams at the Lusaka and Livingstone Pediatric HIV/AIDS Centers of Excellence

Results: 14 exchange trips and workshops, training for over 150 individuals and 20 Zambian pharmacy trainers capable of providing ongoing training

Partners: Livingstone General Hospital, Lusaka’s University Teaching Hospital, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, American International Health Alliance 

Short Term Training (Milwaukee)

ALBANIA

Basic Curative and Preventive Dentistry
Participants: 11 Dentists

Funding: World Learning, United States Agency for International Development

ANTIGUA

Clinical and Public Health Nutrition
Participants: Nutritionist

Funding: Partners for
International Education and Training

BAHAMAS

Hospital Management
Participants:  Hospital Manager

Funding: World Health Organization, Pan America Health Organization

BANGLADESH

Medical Library Management
Participants: Medical Librarian

Funding: Partners for International Education and Training

BARBADOS

Hospital Nursing Leadership 
Participants: 3 Senior Hospital Nursing Administrators
Funding: World Health Organization, Pan America Health Organization

BARBADOS

Hospital Materials Management
Participants: Ministry of Health Hospital Materials Management Officer, Funding: World Health Organization, Pan America Health Organization

BARBADOS

Hospital Medical Records Management
Participants: Ministry of Health Medical Records Specialist
Funding: World Health Organization, Pan America Health Organization

BOSNIA, CROATIA

Counseling for Victims of War and Torture

Participants: 11 Physicians and Nurses
Funding: Partners for International Education and Training

CHINA

Emergency Medicine
Participants:  6 Emergency Medicine Physicians
Funding: American Chamber of Commerce-Shanghai, The People’s Republic of China, Shanghai Public Health Bureau, Jiao Tong University

CHINA

Medical Subspecialties
Participants:  6 Medical Subspecialists

Funding: American Chamber of Commerce-Shanghai, The People’s Republic of China, Shanghai
Public Health Bureau, Jiao Tong University

CHINA

Nursing
Participants:  4 Nurses,

Funding: American Chamber of
Commerce-Shanghai, The People’s Republic of China, Shanghai Public Health Bureau, Jiao Tong University

COLOMBIA

Mental Health Services

Participants: Ministry of Health Psychiatrist
Funding: Experiment in International Living

CYPRUS

Hospital Nursing 
Participants: Ministry of Health

Nursing Administrator
Funding: America-Mideast Educational and Training Services

EGYPT

Adult and Pediatric Anesthesiology
Participants: 2 Anesthesiologists

Funding: America-Mideast
Educational and Training Services, Partners for International Education and Training

EGYPT

Biostatistics and Clinical Epidemiology
Participants: Physician Faculty

Funding: United States Agency for International Development

EGYPT

Radiation Oncology Equipment 
Participants: Ministry of Health Radiation Oncology Technician
Funding: Partners for International Education and Training

GERMANY

Community Health / Mental Health 
Participants: Senior Physician Resident 

Funding: World Health Organization

GUATEMALA

Health Promotion/ Disease Prevention in Rural Health Services

Participants: 39 Health Promoters

Funding: United States Agency for International Development, Partners for International Education and Training

INDONESIA

Public Health 

Participants: Ministry of Health Senior
Public Health Physician

Funding: Partners for International
Education and Training

INDONESIA

Prevention and Management of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Participants: 2 Physicians

Funding: Partners for International Education and Training

INDONESIA

Diagnosis and Treatment of Acute and Chronic Pulmonary Disease 

Participants: 2 Physicians

Funding: Partners for International Education and Training

JORDAN

Hospital Management
Participants: Senior Hospital Physician

Funding: Partners for International Education and Training

KENYA – Hospital Financial Planning and Management
Participants: Finance Officer

Funding: Partners for International Education and Training, African American Institute

KENYA – Municipal Public Health Services Management
Participants: Ministry of Health

Public Health Officer
Funding: Pragma Corporation

 

KENYA, MAURITIUS, SOUTH AFRICA, UGANDA, ZIMBABWE

Community-Based Primary
Health Care

Participants: 5 Physicians

Funding: International Institute of
Wisconsin, United States Agency for International Development

LITHUANIA

Alcohol and Substance Abuse

Counseling and Treatment Services

Participants: 2 Physicians

Funding: Partners for International Education and Training

MALAWI

Health Information Technology 
Participants: IT Manager

Funding: World Health Organization

MALAYSIA

Public Health / Preventive Medicine
Participants: Public Health Physician Funding: Asia Foundation

MALAYSIA

Hospital Financing Management
Participants: 2 Finance Officers

Funding: World Health Organization

NASSAU

Dental Equipment 
Participants: Ministry of Health Dental Equipment Technician
Funding: World Health Organization, Pan America Health Organization

PALESTINE, WEST BANK, GAZA

Family Counseling and 

Psychometric Testing

Participants: Psychologist

Funding: America-Mideast Educational and Training Services

RUSSIA

Health Care Financing
Participants: 14 Physicians and Administrators

Funding: Pragma Corporation

SWAZILAND, SIERRA LEONE, KENYA

Clinical Nutrition Epidemiology

Participants: 3 Nutritionists

Funding: Government of Japan, Mickey Leland Memorial Fund

TANZANIA

HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases Education and Prevention

Participants: 6 Doctors and Nurses

Funding: Partners for International
Education and Training, United States Agency for International Development

ZIMBABWE

Medical Library Management
Participants: Director of Zimbabwe National Library and Documentation 

Funding: Center for International Health

Sister Cities Partnership

 

Milwaukee County currently has Sister City relationships with Bialystok, Poland, and Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, South Africa. These relationships were designed to advance cultural, economic, and educational exchanges, and were facilitated by the Center for International Health. 

 

In April 2010, Sister Cities International awarded Milwaukee County a two-year $125,000 African Urban Poverty Alleviation Program grant to develop a project that addresses sanitation, health and/or water issues in its African Sister City. The selected project was the successful renovation of the Aspiranza health clinic in an impoverished area of Buffalo City, South Africa. 

 

In 2014, the project was chosen for the 2014 Sister Cities International Innovation Award in the area of humanitarian assistance.

To request more information about current or past programs and partnerships, please contact Kelli Brown.

 

(414) 955-4105 
kelbrown@mcw.edu 

You can also request more information with this form:

CONTACT US

Milwaukee Global Health Consortium

1020 N. 12th St., 4th Floor

Milwaukee, WI  53233

Phone:  +1-414-219-5488

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