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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!



List of Opportunities for Medical Students and Residents

  • Hospital Albert Schweitzer in rural Haiti: Contact

  • Himalayan Health Exchange or Ravi Singh (404) 929-9399 or Dr William Norton (912) 685-5997 and

  • Hospital Materno Infantil Hospital ER and Nutrition Ward in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Dr Lucy Matamoros is also looking for support in educating families in her Red Cross Hurricane Mitch victims village in Catacamas, Olancho. The hospital on the coast in Gracias a Dios, Hospital Bayan, through Dr Tim Thurber(

  • China opportunity through Health for Humanity - Dr Tim Thurber (

  • Hospital Infantil in Zacapa, Guatemala. The "hospitalito" was founded with the help of two of professors at U Texas Children's at Houston. It is really an outpatient clinic. One resident saw between 20 and 40 patients a day. Dr. O'Callahan went with two ther residents and there was also a Guatemalan Pediatrics Resident and the hospital's staff physician. Most of what we saw were URIs and AGE, but there were also patients with parasites, malnutrition and other conditions. There is housing for the residents on the hospital grounds. Contact Elizabeth Lowenthal at

  • Comprehensive Rural Health Project, Jamkhed: rural Maharashtra in India. This project was started in the early '70s by Drs Raj and Mabelle Arole, now very well known in international public health circles as the project (Comprehensive facility and carry out the programs (including medical, outreach health education, agricultural, child welfare, among work in public health. The residents/sutdents work under the supervision of Dr Arole ro his daughter. Dr Shobha Arole, now curretnly the director of the Project in Jamkhed. This program does not focus on pediatrics but involves a comprehensive approach to health care for all members of the family. Dietra Millard at (Neonatologist at Northwestern in Chicago)

  • Religious/missionary groups (Christian Medical and Dental Associations, click on Global Health Outreach;American Jewish World ServiceCatholic Medical Mission BoardWorld Medical Mission/Samaritan's Purse)

  • Contact NGOs directly (refer to long lists on AAP website: or the International Medical Volunteers Association's website, click on "Help Wanted" e.g.

  • Review websites and books that list medical elective opportunities

  • International Health Electives for Medical Students (click on "Action Committees" then "Global Health," at the bottom "Check Out Our Global Health Resources" then "Training Opportunities"

  • Massachusetts Medical Society's Global Medicine Network lists many links (click on Resources, then Resident Section)

  • University of Toronto e.g. Scroll down to "other" and click on International Student Elective Program for electives in S. Africa

  • International Health Care Opportunities in Family Medicine: A Guide for Practicing Family Physicians, Family Practice Residents, and Medical Students, 3rd ed. Published by the American Academy of Family Physicians, 326 pages. To order, call 800-944-0000; or online
  • International Emergency Medicine Rotations Database. Developed by BU Dept. of Emergency Medicine.

  • See IHMEC's "Job and Field Placement Opportunities," and click on "Resources" then "Annotated List of International Health Related Websites"

  • IHOP (International Health Opportunities) Univ. of Colorado Health Sciences Center

  • Short-term medical missions often take medical students/residents, for example: 

    • Operation Smile (plastic and reconstructive surgery teams) takes 4th year medical students also,
    • MEDICO (Medical, Eye, and Dental International Care Organization) conducts short-term trips to Honduras;
    • Interplast, Inc. (plastic surgery, cleft lip/palate) 

  • See AMSA website for many more (click on "global health" then "international health" then "international health opportunities" see courses International Health Central American Institute (click on Programs)