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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!



Preparing Before You Go

Suggestions for medical students and residents - Donna Staton MD, MPH

  • Working in International Child Health (a manual produced by the AAP Section on International Child Health; how to find and prepare for work in developing countries); can be found at the AAP Bookstore

  • International Health: A Manual for Advisers and Students or in paperback from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

  • The IHMEC Guidebook: Advising Medical Students and Residents for International Health Experiences (click on Resources)

  • SUPERCOURSE, Univ. of Pittsburgh Dept. of Epidemiology. Hundreds of lectures on health in developing countries

  • International Medical Volunteers Association, IMVA, click "Get Ready to Go"

  • Christian Medical Fellowship/Health Serve (British)

  • Have a reliable contact(s) at your overseas site (supervisor, evaluator)

  • Investigate the site (work and living conditions--contact others who have been there!)

  • Medical/professional preparations (diseases you'll see, malnutrition, limited diagnostic/treatment options, appropriate technologies, books to bring...)

  • Language preparations (great starting place)
    Haitian Creole/English Medical Dictionary email IMVA, $10
    Portuguese/English Medical Dictionary (SE Mass. Area Health Ed Center, leave message for Patricia 508-748-0837)
    Spanish (many available); for Pediatric Spanish: AAP, 800-433-9016)
    Pocket Medical French, Russell K. Dollinger, Ph.D. (JDV Publishing, now Booksmart, 800-788-0064)

  • Cultural preparation (travel guides such as Lonely Planet, Moon Handbooks; Intercultural Press--get free catalogue, 866-372-2665; personal contacts)

  • Personal preparations (click on travelers health; visit local travel clinic)

  • Medical, malpractice, and evacuation insurance

    1. 1-800-234-1862 ext. 202 Offers medical, accident and disability insurance for relief workers, with coverage for acts of war and terrorism including chemical, nuclear and bio warfare.
    2.  SOS 1-800-767-1403 Medical and evacuation insurance.
    3. Highway to Health 
    4. Champion Insurance Advantage
    5. All Trip Insurance

  • Safety issues/travel tips

  • What to take/tips while there (books; keep a journal; keep your promises, or don't make them)