For over 40 years the Sparkman Center for Global Health has been contributing to solutions of health problems in lower & middle income countries through public health research, education & training programs.
You can be a part of this mission by helping fund specific projects outlined below.
Project Funds Accepting Donations
International Student Opportunities – International Internships and Travel Scholarship
International Student Opportunities: Internships & Travel Scholarships
International educational experiences often change the worldview of students and promote the notion of global citizenship. Funds donated to this account will be exclusively used towards supporting UAB students completing an approved international experience. Internships, research projects, and public health practice opportunities all qualify.
Funds donated to this account will be matched dollar-for-dollar thanks to a new UAB iniative to support student internatinonal experiences!
Sparkman Center GIFT Account
UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health seeks to promote the idea of global citizenship beyond the UAB campus. Contributions made to this account will support a variety of initiatives, including but not limited to: Global Health Case Competitions, Sparkman Scholars, Sparkman Fellows, Sparkman Community Partners, and the Global Health Lecture Series.
To give directly to the Sparkman Center Gift Account click here
Moses Sinkala Endowed Memorial in Zambia
Moses Sinkala Endowed Memorial Award in Zambia Public Health
This award provides much needed financial assistance to deserving students in the University of Zambia School of Medicine who demonstrate an interest in serving the public health needs of Zambia as was a priority of Dr. Sinkala.
Dr. Sinkala was a graduate of the UAB School of Public Health and a leader in policy and research for implementation of healthcare delivery in his beloved country of Zambia. His vision and passion for public health are deeply missed. The fund resides at and is administered by The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) under the direction of a selection committee
Girls Can Code
Girls Can Code
The Girls Can Code camp program was established by a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Zambia to provides girls with training in early introduction to computer coding and empower them to provide income for themselves and their families. Read more about the camp here
Girls Can Code has taken off and now there are multiple replications and spinoff projects planned. Donations will directly support supplies and materials for the camps, trainers, transportation, and mentor support.
SparkEd is an innovative software package for organization and delivery of educational content for use in areas with no internet and restricted access to textbooks or library resources. This software was developed collaboratively by programmers in Zambia and Ethiopia and has been used to deliver a Nurse Anesthetist training program in Kenya and the full secondary school curriculum (grades 9 through 12) in Ethiopia.
As the Ministry of Education in Ethiopia adapts this approach it has the possibility of impacting students in 3800 high schools in the country averaging 1000 students per school. Agreements are now in place for digitizing the content down to grade 5r. The software is being developed as an open-source product that is available to anyone for digitization and delivery of educational content from central servers, tablets or mobile devices.
How to Donate
To donate to one of these funds, please go to visit: https://www.uab.edu/give/now/ . Click the "Give Now" button at the top of the page, then select "Search, Schools, Colleges, and Units" and type in and search "Spark". You will then be able to see the funds available to donate to under the School of Public Health. These funds are SparkEd Gifts, Sparkman Center for Global Health - Gift Account, and Sparkman Center for Global Health - International Student Opportunitites.
We thank you all for your continued support for the Sparkman Center for Global Health!