"The Global Power of Collaboration: Announcing the IU Center for Global Health"

Marriott Hotel
350 W. Maryland Street
Indianapolis, Indiana
October 23, 2010

I am delighted to be here with you this evening.

On behalf of Indiana University, I extend the warmest of welcomes to Vice Chancellor Mibey.  I am also pleased to welcome Director Mengech of the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital and all of our Kenyan colleagues. 

We are honored that you have joined us to celebrate the IU-Kenya Partnership, which means so much to so many and which has done so much to alleviate suffering in Kenya.  We also send Indiana University’s greetings to the Chancellor of Moi University, Professor B. A. Ogot.  We wish that he could have been with us this evening to celebrate what our institutions have been able to accomplish together.

As you all know, tonight marks a great milestone in the IU-Kenya Partnership.  We are celebrating the twentieth anniversary of this groundbreaking program, which has transformed—and saved—so many lives.  Beginning as an idea back in 1988 and taking root as a full-fledged program in 1990, this partnership has grown into one of the largest and most comprehensive HIV/AIDs treatment and prevention programs in the world.  It has grown into a model of collaboration that leverages the power and expertise of an academic health center in the interest of global health. 

The great success of this program would not have been possible without the truly remarkable efforts of its founding physicians here at IU: Drs. Joe Mamlin, Bob Einterz, Charlie Kelly, and Dave Van Reken.  And that success likewise would have been impossible with out the expertise and partnership of our distinguished and dedicated Kenyan colleagues.

Because of their and others’ efforts, IU is poised to strengthen our international leadership in the field of global health.  To that end, this evening I am pleased to announce the establishment of the Indiana University Center for Global Health.  This university-wide center will foster collaborative and interdisciplinary partnerships across the university and around the world in order to create successful global health care systems, train the next generation of global health leaders, and conduct and disseminate research that will truly change the world. 

The IU-Kenya Partnership forms the core of this center, and I am delighted that Dr. Bob Einterz, Associate Dean for Global Health in the IU School of Medicine, has agreed to direct this new and innovative center.  Bob and his team bring a wealth of experience and expertise that promises to be a strong foundation upon which to build. 

I am also pleased to announce tonight that the university will make an initial start-up grant of $100,000 to the center to aid in its establishment.

Thank you again for joining us this evening as we not only celebrate twenty wonderful years of the IU-Kenya Partnership but as we look forward to a future of continuing global collaboration and progress in the interest of human health.