We improve the health and care of children in some of the poorest regions of the world through a sustained commitment to their communities and caregivers.
Partners for Pediatric Progress is a project of the Global Health Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Our program is built on a partnership model for the training and professional development of healthcare staff in low-resource settings.
Our mission is to create and maintain educational partnerships that will ultimately have a sustainable impact on improving the health and care of children in resource-limited regions.
Throughout the year, we coordinate trips to our global partner sites where UCLA clinicians volunteer their time to conduct trainings for local physicians, nurses, and residents. In addition, we sponsor visitors from our partner sites to participate in clinical rotations at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center. Our goal is to build local capacity by training healthcare workers who can in turn train the next generation of healthcare workers, ultimately strengthening the health systems of our partner countries.
Our partner sites are strictly vetted, based on need and potential for impact by evaluating key health indicators, including lie childhood morbidity and mortality, healthcare infrastructure, and resource limitations. In 2008, we began our first partnership in Mozambique, where extreme poverty and low development have severely limited the health system’s capacity to provide quality care for children.
Through close collaboration with our colleagues at the Eduardo Mondlane School of Medicine and the Pediatric Department at the Hospital Central de Maputo, we implemented our capacity-building program to train the local healthcare workforce.
As of 2015, there are now 67 Mozambican pediatricians.
Of particular note, our faculty contributed to the training of the only two pediatric surgeons in the country.
We have a adopted 6 main objectives which align with the World Health Organization’s Strategic Priorities. These objectives will help sustain progress towards Sustainable Development Goal #3 to decrease neonatal mortality rate to less than 12 per 1,000 live births, and to lower the under-five mortality rate to less than 25 deaths per 1,000 live births.
Partners for Pediatric Progress also provides invaluable training experience for US medical students and residents in our partner settings. Such experiences promote more humanism, cultural sensitivity and a greater commitment to working with underserved populations in the U.S. for the next generation of physician leaders.
Partners for Pediatric Progress is providing training experiences for U.S. medical students and residents in low resource settings. Trainees have the opportunity to improve their clinical practice and decision-making with fewer diagnostic tests available, and to learn about tropical diseases that they would never see in the States. There’s also evidence that such experiences promote more humanism, cultural sensitivity and a greater commitment to working with underserved populations here at home, thus benefiting the future of health care in the United States as well.
Partners in Pediatric Progress is also committed to providing relevant and high-impact training opportunities for health care workers and trainees in low resource settings. This training may occur in-country by visiting US faculty, or may involve travel to an international conference or medical center. We are committed to responding to the needs in each setting. We are also improving access to medical education resources for medical students and residents in Mozambique, by building an improved medical library and providing internet access within the Department of Pediatrics.