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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.
As the familiar hot muggy air hit my face and the first mosquitoes began buzzing in my ear I thought to myself its great to be back. "Back" is Monrovia, Liberia in Western Africa where I have been working for the last three years for HEARTT Pediatrics (Health Education and Relief Through Teaching). (more...)
The 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Chile a year ago was so strong it nudged the Earth's axis and ever so slightly shortened the length of a day. Even after months of rebuilding, the damage is still apparent, according to Harvard faculty members working on earthquake relief.(more...)
President Drew Faust had a high-level meeting on Monday (March 21) with some of Chile's most important citizens. Amid a setting of American and Chilean flags, she witnessed a special ceremony celebrating the collaboration of Harvard, the Municipality of Estación Central in Santiago, several universities, the Fundación Oportunidad, and the ministries of education, health and planning. (more...)
It is coming on my third week at JFK hospital in Monrovia, and so far it has been a great rotation. There are currently three other residents, a pediatric ER & Global Health fellow, and an ER attending all working here through HEARTT as well. I've had a great time working with them and the local staff physicians, and have learned a lot from the whole group. (more...)
Historically, non-communicable disease in middle-income countries has received close attention. In this year, It is crucial to also focus attention to non-communicable disease burden of the poorest populations, the bottom billion, largely composed of children and young adults. (more...)
On January 29th Childrens Hospital Boston was honored to host the HEARTT Pediatrics in Liberia Conference. The consortium of academic institutions that make up HEARTT including UMass, Mt. Sinai, Yale, Washington University and Children's Hospital meet twice yearly to discuss the HEARTT Pediatric program, plan for the upcoming year and discuss new projects or ideas for improvement. (more...)
Liberia, located in Western Africa, suffered through a disastrous civil war from 1989 - 2003, which destroyed much of the country's medical infrastructure, medical workforce and medical training programs. The war has also taken its toll on the children of Liberia: (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.”