American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene actively looking for nursing participation!

By Kimberly Baltzell | 05 Nov, 2018

Good morning, I just returned from participating in the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (ASTMH) annual meeting with a number of my UCSF nursing colleagues as well as a number of PIH nursing colleagues from around the world. Together we had 4 abstracts accepted and a warm reception from the president and executive director of the society. Most nurses working in global health deal with infectious diseases daily. ASTMH would love to have more of a nursing voice and we are working to make nursing participation more accessible and relevant during this annual meeting. I encourage you to check them out, it is wonderful to have an organization that is heavily dominated by scientists and physicians recognize the critical role of nursing in global health. Next meeting is fall of 2019 in Washington DC. If you have any wonderful suggestions for increasing nursing participation, please let me know and I will pass the ideas along! Here is a link to their website:



Elizabeth Glaser Moderator Emeritus Replied at 10:46 AM, 6 Dec 2018

I agree with Kim, we had 5 abstracts accepted out of 5 submitted from Kamuzu College of Nursing at the conference this year.

In 2016, I was fortunate to be on the first nurse led symposium at ASTMH , on post the Ebola situation in West Africa; one thing that we appreciated was that we were not touted as nurses but simply as experts in our subject areas, there was no explicit mention that were were nurses until the head of scientific programs noted that to his knowledge this was the first nurse led program in ASTMH's history.

This is a truly interdisciplinary conference which covers more than infectious disease ( that was their start 100 + years ago ) . ASTMH has sections on maternal and child health, Global Health, Non communicable diseases and other areas, too.

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