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Current Global Reproductive Health Projects

Durfee:  Guyana  
Eckardt:  South Sudan  
Eclkardt: Uganda and Kenya
Eckardt:  Georgia (country)  
Eckardt:  Director of Women’s Refugee Health, Boston Medical Center  
Erber:  Zambia  
Mazul:  Haiti / Dominican Republic  
Nádas:  Haiti  
Nádas:  Botswana  
Eckardt:  Bali  

Durfee:  Guyana

  • The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation is the major public hospital, referral center and medical training center for Guyana, an English-speaking, South American country with a population of about 750,000.  The obstetrical and gynecologic services are overburdened and understaffed.  The services see a broad range of serious pathology, including tropical diseases in pregnancy.  Through Case Western University's OB/GYN and global health programs, the first OB/GYN residency program in Guyana has been created as of 2012 at GPHC for local physicians.  Faculty from Case Western and Vanderbilt go for short-term visits (typically one week) for teaching and patient care; some stay for longer visits.  Housing and transportation within Guyana are supplied by the hospital.  Dr. Durfee is involved with developing an oncology program with visiting specialists, as well as with the residency program itself.  Faculty from other institutions are welcome to apply to get involved.  It is anticipated that residents and medical students from other institutions will be able to participate soon.

Eckardt:  South Sudan

  • The Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival Initiative is a large training program of frontline healthcare workers in partnership with the Ministry of Health of South Sudan through the Division of Global Health and Human Rights in the Emergency Department at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Dr. Eckardt serves as the Maternal Health Director for this project and Dr. Erber has participated as a trainer of trainers.  The initiative is a training package in management of maternal, newborn and child emergencies using skills-based and case-based learning, checklists and commodity distribution to frontline healthcare workers participating in prenatal care, deliveries and child healthcare.

Eckardt:  Uganda and Kenya

  • This project focuses on research and implementation of Uterine Balloon Tamponade for Post Partum Hemorrhage in resource poor settings using condom balloons. Uterine balloon tamponade is being introduced in several health care centers accompanied by implementation research and review of efficacy and complications.  The PI for this project is also from the Division of Global Health and Human Rights in the Emergency Department at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Eckardt:  Georgia (country)

  • There is ongoing training of university professors in Georgia in case-based teaching methods, adult learning methods and assessment methods as well as teams training for quality assurance.  Dr. Eckardt is a consultant for Harvard School of Public Health and JSI on this project.

Eckardt:  Director of Women’s Refugee Health, Boston Medical Center

  • The Women’s Refugee Health program provides specialized OB/GYN care for new immigrants from low and middle income countries who are not familiar with a developed medical system or who are victims of sexual or physical violence or FGM.  Patients receive care focused on cultural sensitivity and focused counseling to support transition to our healthcare system.  Asylum affidavits and FGM repair or vulvar reconstruction are also offered.  The program partners with the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights and the Immigrant Health Group in the Department of Internal Medicine.

Erber:  Zambia

  • Zambia Center for Applied Health Research and Development (ZCAHRD) is a US government funded public health research NGO whose project is coordinated in part through the  BU Center for Global Health and Development. The group works with scientists, doctors, and other professionals in developing countries to carry out research in areas critical in public health.  It then uses the data to initiate programs that are designed to have a wide, sustainable impact in improving th health and well-being of the people. The primary focus at the four sites in Zambia is maternal/child health; the project specifically seeks to reduce maternal mortality through local provider training and improved access to care. It further seeks to improve the functionality of clinics, health centers and district hospitals and develop innovative uses of currently available resources.

Mazul:  Haiti / Dominican Republic

  • The Partners In Health (PIH) project in the Dominican Republic is a cross-border collaboration under the leadership of PIH's Haitian sister organization, Zanmi Lasante. Because border populations are particularly vulnerable to lapses in care, ensuring universal access to care on both sides of the border is crucial for the long-term health of all those living in the border region, particularly people who are infected with HIV or TB. This project works to integrate past cross-border experiences between Haitian and Dominican Republic providers. 

Nádas:  Haiti

  • Dr. Nádas is involved in all projects of Physicians for Haiti, a Boston-based NGO with a mission to inspire, empower, and support the development of leaders among Haiti’s next generation of health professionals.  It is an organization focused on continuing medical education and accompanies several Haitian partners in medical education pursuits including medical student seminars, residency education, mentorship of junior physicians, CME curriculum development, and clinical accompaniment.
  • Partners in Health is an NGO with a mission of providing a preferential option for the poor in health care.  Dr. Nádas provides accompaniment and support for Partners in Health’s women’s health projects in Haiti.  Specifically, she is involved in OB/GYN education of family medicine residents, a working group for the formation of an OB/GYN residency, and qualitative research on reproductive health choices of Haitian women.

Nádas:  Botswana

  • Dr. Nádas is working with the Ministry of Health of Botswana on their national strategic plan for maternal mortality reduction.  An Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care curriculum for physicians and midwives has been developed, piloted, and refined.  The focus is now on a national scale-up of the intervention with long-term monitoring and evaluation.

Eckardt:  Bali

  • Indonesian Cervical Cancer Screening Initiative:  This initiative works to decrease cervical cancer mortality in Indonesia through the promotion of the single visit screen-and-treat program where pap smears are not available by engaging local partners and advocacy at the regional and national level.




 

 

 

 

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