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Boston Children's Hospital Global Health

Our Impact

The Global Health Program supports more than 300 projects, conducted by over 100 staff and faculty, in over 30 countries.

  • Pilot Grants, totaling more than $250,000, to enable Boston Children’s faculty, fellows, nurses, professional staff and residents to implement global health projects that focus on direct clinical care, education, research and mentorship.
  • Observership Grants, which provide support to colleagues from developing countries who wish to travel to Boston Children’s Hospital for defined clinical observation, educational programming or research opportunities. 
  • Global Fellowships in Nursing, Medicine, Anesthesiology and Pharmacy. The goals of the Global Health Fellowship Programs are to train future leaders in global child health as well as support the development of essential child health services in regions of the world with the greatest need and limited access to health providers. The focus is on training a cadre of clinicians who have the skills and long-term commitment necessary to make an impact in improving child health. 20 fellows to date have been supported, providing care and addressing locally driven need in more than 10 countries.
  • Research includes the high impact areas maternal, infant and child health, non-communicable diseases, infectious diseases, nutrition, child development and other key child health issues. Knowledge generated from this work has been instrumental in changing outcomes and strategies for improved global health.  Research is conducted in a partnership model working across disciplines both in Boston and with our partners on the ground to maximize learning and the knowledge generated.
  • Direct Care for over a thousand patients, ranging from orthopedic surgeries to general pediatric care clinic visits, all of which are paired with teaching opportunities to improve the skills of local practitioners. 
  • On-the-Ground Projects focusing on local capacity building and system strengthening through local partnerships. The projects include Liberia’s country-wide Ebola response plan, and a national collaboration to improve surgical outcomes in India.
  • Educational Programming, both for Boston Children’s global health practitioners and for in-country counterparts. Skills taught at Boston Children’s include a research day, a global health skills week, and a monthly lecture series to increase knowledge about global health. Skills in the field include quality improvement, Helping Babies Breathe, simulation teaching and procedures.