Other Global Health Electives

Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer and Blood Disorders Center Global Health Initiative

Global Health Initiative

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital established the Global Health Initiative (GHI), which integrates program building, education and research in pediatric cancer and blood disorders in developing countries. Elective rotations at these sites are available, and residents are encouraged to become involved with capacity building and program development. Ongoing initiatives include: (a) an advanced pediatric oncology unit at the Children’s Cancer Hospital in Cairo, Egypt; (b) a newborn screening program for sickle cell disease and a sickle cell disease clinic in Liberia, in collaboration with the HEARRT program, and in Haiti in collaboration with Partners in Health; (c) establishment of cancer registries in El Salvador and Guatemala; (d) pediatric cancer and hematology twinning programs in the Philippines and Georgia, and (e) care and control programs in multiple regions, including Central America and the Dominican Republic, in collaboration with AHOPCA (La Asociacion de Hemato-Oncologia Pediatrica de Centroamerica y Republica Dominican), a network of pediatric oncologists; in Haiti and Rwanda, in collaboration with Paul Farmer’s program, Partners in Health; and in Ethiopia, in collaboration with the International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (INCTR). One of our pediatric residents has been actively involved in the development of a retinoblastoma program in the Philippines. Another has worked on intensive care of patients with cancer in Guatemala. Other ex-residents, now fellows, are involved in cancer care and research in multiple countries through the global health fellowship in hematology/oncology described in a separate section.

Please contact
 Irini Albanti, GHI Manager, at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for more information.

International Family AIDS Program, Dominican Republic

The BCRP is collaborating with a program affiliated with Columbia University that offers a pediatric elective month in the Dominican Republic. The International Family AIDS program clinic is in La Romana (Clínica Familia La Romana), on the Southeastern coast of the country. The population served includes Haitians and Dominicans, with a significant prevalence of HIV. The elective involves both a clinical component and a project or research component. The clinical component consists of outpatient HIV care five mornings a week under the supervision of staff pediatricians and Global Health fellows. The project provides a needed service to the clinic or answers a relevant research question. Residents attend weekly educational conferences and present a case or topic of their own at one conference. They also have the opportunity to participate in patient home visits, Batey outreach, adolescent support groups, and brothel outreach and education. The IFAP Casa International in La Romana provides housing and breakfast for visiting residents and students for a monthly fee. BCRP residents can apply for the elective during the months of September to May for a minimum of one month. Spanish fluency is required. More details here. Contact Dr. Lara Antkowiak at Martha Eliot Health Center for more information.