In 2010, the GlobeMed network examined ubuntu and social justice, two underlying values that contribute to the foundation for our work in global health.

2010 GlobeMed Global Health Summit

Ubuntu & Social Justice: Building Partnerships for a More Equitable World

March 4 – 6, 2010 | Evanston, IL

The 2010 Summit’s central theme, “Ubuntu & Social Justice: Building Partnerships for a More Equitable World,” focused on multiple levels of analysis and action. Delegates explored the moral and philosophical dimensions that guide our work as individuals and as broader movement, delved into conversations surrounding the fundamental theme and grounded these discussions in more focused analyses of global health delivery. Throughout the course of the weekend, delegates considered the ways in which effective partnerships shape the movement for global health equity, and contemplated how GlobeMed should translate this knowledge into effective action.

View the  2010 Summit program.
View the 2010 Summit photo album.


Summit attendees participated in a number of discussions, lectures, and workshops throughout the course of the weekend. They were joined by a diverse group of more than two dozen global health leaders, ranging from physicians to political activists, who led discussions on issues of health and social justice. Programming included an exploration of global health challenges through the analysis of case studies and policy perspectives, small group discussions, and skills training in organizational leadership.

2010 Summit

Students exchange ideas after hearing from a variety of workshop speakers on Friday

Keynote Speakers
Opening Keynote: Dr. Raj Panjabi

Dr. Raj Panjabi is the founding director of Tiyatien Health, a non-profit organization working to rebuild the health system in his native, war-torn Liberia. Dr. Panjabi helped establish the HIV Equity Initiative, a community based program that has revolutionized access to HIV treatment in rural Liberia, and has conducted health systems research with Partners in Health and Physicians for Human Rights. He served as national policy advisor for the Liberian Ministry of Health, and is a board member of Sociologists Without Borders.

Opening keynote by Dr. Raj Panjabi, founding director of Tiyatien Health

Honorary Keynote: Dr. Paul Farmer

Dr. Paul Farmer has dedicated his life to improving the health care of the impoverished. He holds an M.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard University where he is currently the Kolokotrones University Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. He is a founding director of Partners In Health, an attending physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, editor-in-chief of the Health and Human Rights Journal, and the United Nations Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti. Dr. Farmer has written numerous publications on health, human rights, and social inequality, and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease.

Dr. Paul Farmer

(Left to right) Dr. Paul Farmer, Co-founder of Partners in Health; Jon Shaffer, former Executive Director of GlobeMed; Bianca Nguyen, GlobeMed Director of Development; and Brian Hanson, GlobeMed Board Chair