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On February 27, 2010, a devastating earthquake occurred off the coast of Chile. Registering a magnitude of 8.8, the quake also triggered a tsunami that ravaged the Chilean coast. By the day’s end there were hundreds dead and more than 1.5 million people displaced from their homes. The recovery effort goes on to this day, with help from many, including Boston Children’s Hospital employees. Lili Peacock-Chambers, MD, recently visited the country as part of “Recupera Chile,” a multi-disciplinary post-disaster community development program. (more...)
For most children in the United States, seeing a pediatrician is an annual event. For other children, especially those with more complex problems, visits to pediatric subspecialists are common. But in many parts of the world seeing any type of doctor, pediatric specialist or not, is simply impossible. (more...)
This past week, Dr. Paul Farmer was the guest speaker at the annual Blackfan Lecture at Boston Children's Hospital. His talk, entitled "Global health equity and the new pediatrics: Lessons from Haiti and Rwanda" can be viewed here.
This question was on the minds of three teams of HKS students this January as they approached Dichato, Cobquecura and Perales, three communities devastated by Chile's Feb 27th 2010 earthquake and tsunami.
As I opened the iron gate to the pediatric ward, a young mother ran toward me with her bundled baby in her arms. With tears streaming down her face, she screamed, "Please help me! My baby is sick and the nurses won't help me. I have been here for an hour and nothing has been done."
The beginning of December was an exciting time for the Global Pediatrics Program of the Department of Medicine. We coordinated a three day conference on neonatal health, which included a day of presentations open to the general public, and a two-day formal curriculum on neonatal resuscitation. (more...)
The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”