Funding for Global Health Scholarly Work

May 15, 2020

The Pediatrics Department’s Global Health program has a limited amount of funding to promote Pediatric Global Health scholarly activity. These funds will be used to help offset the costs of presenting at and/or attending conferences or publishing manuscripts.

UNC Pediatrics in Malawi | Dr. Tisu Mavalo (11.26.2019)

November 18, 2019

Dr. Tisu Mvalo is an Assistant Research Professor of Pediatrics at UNC as well as the in-country Pediatric Director of UNC Project Malawi. He practices clinically at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi and he also provides on-the-ground mentorship for the rotating learners. Dr. Mvalo is the PI in several ongoing research studies at UNC Project Malawi, including the Innovative Treatment in Pneumonia (ITIP) trials and Tuberculosis Meningitis trials.

Gratitude In Action: One Doctor, One Hospital, One Million Patients

November 18, 2019

Dr. Tom Catena, MD from Duke, is the only physician for a population of more than 750,000 in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains, a conflict zone where humanitarian aid is restricted. At the Mother of Mercy Hospital, founded in 2007, he treats as many as 400 patients a day and is on call around the clock. Treating casualties of the region’s civil war, he performs more than 1000 operations each year, often without running water or electricity.

In 2018, Catena received the Catholic Doctor of the Year Award from the Mission Doctors Association in Los Angeles. In 2017, Dr. Catena was awarded the $1.1 million Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, which honors unsung heroes working to preserve human life at great personal risk. He is the recipient of Honorary Doctorates from Brown University (2016) and Yerevan State Medical University (2017) and was named one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine in 2015.

UNC Project Malawi Celebrates Opening of Kamuzu Central Hospital Pediatric Laboratory in Lilongwe, Malawi

November 15, 2019

On November 14th, 2019 the Kamuzu Central Hospital Pediatric Laboratory was officially opened in Lilongwe, Malawi. This collaborative project was led by Dr. Elizabeth Fitzgerald, supported by UNC Project Malawi, and funded by the Malawi Children’s Initiative. Rob Krysiak, MS, co-director of the UNC Project Malawi laboratory, provided valuable technical and logistical support.

Pediatric Oncology in a LMIC Setting – The Challenges | Guest Lecturer Daniel Hailu, MD

August 14, 2019

Guest Lecturer: Daniel Hailu, MD   Pediatric Oncology in a LMIC Setting – the Challenges Wednesday, August 14th, 2019,  4:00PM Pagano Conference Room, Ground Floor of the Lineberger Cancer Center Dr. Hailu is the first certified Peds Hem/Onc trained physician in Ethiopia. He completed his PHO fellowship in Ethiopia at Addis Ababa University in 2015, supported by an NGO called the Aslan … Continued

Ciccone receives Thrasher Research Foundation Early Career Award

June 21, 2019

Emily Ciccone, MD, MHS, will use the $25,000 award to differentiate viral and bacterial respiratory infections among malaria-negative children. The overall goal is to reduce unnecessary antibiotic use without compromising safety in an area where access to care is a real issue.

Going global: UNC’s work in Nicaragua

June 5, 2019

Almost 2,000 miles away, researchers, physicians and residents from N.C. Children’s Hospital are improving health and outcomes for Nicaraguan families. Our collective efforts are helping improve birth outcomes, advance research in pediatric infectious diseases and train local physicians and residents in new techniques and processes.