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Curing Water GHCuring "Water on the Brain"

Locations: Uganda 
Topics: Education, Maternal, Child & Infant Care, Noncommunicable Diseases

Dr. Benjamin Warf, MD, the Director of the Neonatal and Congenital Anomaly Neurosurgery Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, is a pediatric neurosurgeon who has revolutionized the treatment of intra-cranial diseases in very young children, in particular, spina bifida and hydrocephalus (“water on the brain”)...


Detecting Early GH

Detecting Early Warning Signs in Pediatric Cancer Patients

Locations: Guatemala 
Topics: Education, Noncommunicable Diseases

As cancer treatment becomes more available around the world, hospitals face the combined challenge of caring for a high-risk population in a low-resource environment. There is an urgent need for an effective, low-cost method for early identification of patient deterioration as a way...


ECHO GHECHO Project - Improving Patient Care for Kids with Cancer

Locations: Guatemala 
Topics: Education, Noncommunicable Diseases

The Medical-Surgical ICU at Boston Children's Hospital established The ECHO Project: Educación de Cuidados Intensivos en un Hospital de Oncología in December of 2014. Since it's inception the ECHO Project has demonstrated a multidisciplinary commitment to...


Electricity Free GHElectricity-Free Infant Baby Warmer

Locations: Rwanda 
Topics: Maternal, Child and Infant Care, Noncommunicable Diseases

Hypothermia, or low body temperature, in infants remains a leading cause of neonatal mortality even in places with warm climates such as sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia; underweight and premature babies are particularly susceptible to hypothermia.  Dr.  Anne Hansen, MD, MPH, the medical director...


Hearts and Minds GHHearts and Minds of Ghana - Cardiology Care

Locations: Ghana 
Topics: Education, Noncommunicable Diseases, Surgery

Dr. Francis Fynn Thompson (Cardiology) and Beverley Small (2015 Global Nursing Fellow) have led a tremendous effort to create a self-sustaining pediatric cardiac surgery program in Ghana (Dr. Thompson is from Ghana originally and believes in giving back to his home country).  When their initiative...


NICU GH

NICU & PICU Training Course

Location: Haiti 
Topics: Education, Noncommunicable Diseases

Michelle LaBrecque. Anna Gluckman and Alexis Schmid are leading a group of 41 nurses, 1 pharmacist, 1 physician and 1 project coordinator from Boston Children’s Hospital in on-site project implementation of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) & Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) certificate...


Open Pediatrics GHOPENPediatrics - mHealth and Technology

Locations: Rwanda, South Korea, Israel, Turkey, Russia 
Topics: Education, Infectious Disease, Maternal, Child and Infant Care, Noncommunicable Diseases, Nutrition, Research, Surgery

Every year, millions of children die from preventable causes. Expertise on how to treat these children exists, but is currently locked within the walls of institutions. The present system of medical education...


Sickle Cell GHSickle Cell Research

Location: Ghana, Liberia, Tanzania
Topics: Noncommunicable Diseases, Research

Dr. Venee Tubman, Dr. Alexandra Coria and Dr. Catherine Taylor and researching sickle cell patient outcomes in Tanzania, Liberia and Ghana. Over 240,000 infants are born with sickle cell disease – an inherited red blood cell disorder causing chronic anemia, pain and increased susceptibility to infections...


Teaching GHTeaching Otolaryngology

Locations: Rwanda
Topics: Education, Noncommunicable Diseases

Rwanda is underserved from an ORL perspective, with just 4 faculty in the whole country who are equipped to train the residents who will serve a population of over 11 million. Dr. Roger Nuss and Dr. Julie Strychowsky are creating a template of teaching and training in ORL for resource-poor settings through Oto-Simulation (an ear examination simulator), teaching cases...