Category: Global Health
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.
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.
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.
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
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.