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April 2015 Newsletter

March 2015 Newsletter

International Child Health Network (ICHN) is available. Please visit the ICHN and participate to establish connections that foster cooperation around the world.

ICATCH - International Access to Child Health

Global Health Links

Global Health Service Corps - Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI)

Health Volunteers Overseas

HIFA 2015


WHO Vaccine Preventable Diseases Monitoring System
2012 Global summary

Donate to SOICH

Donate to SOICH Programs through the AAP Friends of Children Fund

Once you log in to the "Friends of Children Fund" web page, please make sure you designate your funds to the Section on International Child Health - General Support, the ICATCH Program, or the Resident International Elective Awards.

Or call 888/700-5378 and make your donation over the phone. Every bit of support counts!



Welcome to the SOICH

The mission of the Section on International Child Health (SOICH) is to promote and lead efforts to help children throughout the world attain optimal physical, mental and social health and well-being.

The Section will prepare and empower its members to make meaningful contributions to global child health through high quality education and training, effective partnerships and collaborations, and staunch advocacy for the world's children.

The key components of our approach are:

  • Increase Education and Skill Building Opportunities,
  • Establish and Strenthen Key Partnerships,
  • Establish and Support Advocacy and Policy Priorities,
  • Advance Programs that Improve Child Health,
  • Grow and Engage Memberhsip,
  • Generate Financial Support to Achieve Objectives

Become a part of our incredible community - join SOICH today!


- AAP to offer simultaneous intepretation at the upcoming 2015 National Conference and Exhibition. Click here for more information!

- 4th Annual Global Child Health Abstract & SOICHpix Symposium during the SOICH H Program on Sunday, October 25th at the 2015 AAP National Conference & Exhibition in Washington, DC.


The AAP Section on International Child Health (SOICH) hosted its annual educational program at the 2014 National Conference and Exhibition (NCE) on October 12, 2014 in San Diego - more info and session highlights at

As part of the program, we also held the 3rd Annual Global Child Health Abstract Symposium and SOICH Photo Competition - SOICHpix.

Presented abstracts include:

1. Use of Mobile Electronic Protocols to Improve Care of Newborn Care in Tanzania - Kim Wilson, MD, MPH

2. Mortality Audit in the Acute Care Unit at Mulago Hospital, Kampala, Uganda - Amy J. Romer, MD

3. Device for Aid in Neonatal and Infant Resuscitation - Malvi Kulin Hemani

4. The Recognition, Assessment, and Management of Diarrheal Illness in Children Under 5 years at the Community and Health Facility Level in Kisii, Kenya - Abigail Grant, MD

Winners of 2014 SOICH Abstract Presentations:

1. Overall best abstract presentation: Device for Aid in Neonatal and Infant Resuscitation, Malvi Hemani, Johns Hopkins University

2. Overall best poster award: Does More Equipment Availability Improve Infant Mortality Rate in Hospitals in Developing Countries? - Rohini Nagarkar, Vidya Fadnis, Pratibna Shamkuwar, Rachana Sripathi, Subhash Puthuraya and Nitin S. Chouthai.


"The State of the World's Children"

As health care providers working abroad and locally all of you have unique perspectives about the state of child health in your country/state/province/community. If you enjoy writing or reading about experiences throughout the world please check out You will have any opportunity to share your own thoughts!

Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed – Progress Report 2013 - A UNICEF Publication

The annual number of under-five deaths fell from 12.6 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012. But much faster progress is needed to reduce preventable diseases that cause child mortality. This is the second report in a series intended to track progress on child survival and promote accountability for global commitments.

Children and Disasters:

SOICH is working extensively to help our colleagues in other countries who experienced disasters. Working jointly with the AAP's Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council (DPAC) we have been able to reach out to our colleagues and offer free material on disasters and mental health, supplies and moral, educational, and at time physical support. Through DPAC we have additional information available for anyone in or planning to visit the disaster areas. In addition, thePediatric Education in Disaster Manual(PEDS) is available in English and Spanish for free. In addition, through the Friends of Children Fund, the AAP has received donations to help financially as recovery efforts continue. Make your donations online at the Friends of Children Fund donation page.