• Global Health Initiative News

    April 2017

    Our First Observers from Beijing Children’s Hospital

    Beijing Global Health Observers

    The GHI was excited to host the first two observers from Beijing Children’s Hospital. Dr. Jing Yang and Dr. Yanlong Duan, two senior pediatric oncologists/hematologists, spent eight weeks at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center in February and March 2017 as part of the GHI Observership Program.

    Dr. Yang and Dr. Duan completed clinical rotations on hematologic malignancies and stem cell transplant services, and participated in lectures individually tailored to their learning objectives on immunotherapy, Phase 1 Trials, and clinical research. In addition, as part of their scholarly experiences, the two observers were trained in journal article reading and analysis skills, and then gave a journal club talk to our faculty. They also attended the following educational activities: BMT Conferences, Solid Tumor Conferences, Responsible Conduct of Research course, Six Sigma Training, Symposium on approaches towards Precision Cancer Medicine, and lectures on Survivorship and Quality. 

    At the end of their observership, both observers were able to identify key differences in practice between their home institution and DF/BC regarding teamwork, patients’ intake process, technologies used, and family education. Dr. Yang and Dr. Duan left with ideas on concrete activities and processes they would like to work on, transfer, and implement back home at Beijing Children’s Hospital to improve care for children with cancer and blood disorders.

    December 2016

    2016 Highlights

    2016 highlights

    During 2016, we:

    • Continued collaboration with 14 international sites
    • Started the first psychosocial program in Armenia
    • Mentored seven Master in Public Health students from Harvard Chan School of Public Health and Boston University School of Public Health on quality improvement, needs assessment, and nursing projects in Egypt and Armenia
    • Hosted eight GLOBE Physicians and our first two GLOBE Nurses from Nigeria, India, Kenya, Serbia, Armenia, Italy, and Rwanda.
    • Awarded our first Beyond the Globe grant for GLOBE Alumni based at Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute in India
    • Continued training of clinical and research staff supporting sickle cell disease screening programs in Haiti and Liberia
    • Offered technical expertise on the cancer registries projects in El Salvador and Guatemala
    • Trained medical teams and local staff during site visits to Mexico, Egypt, Myanmar, the Dominican Republic, and Rwanda
    • Provided online mentoring via weekly conference calls with teams (oncology, nursing, psychosocial, leadership) in Mexico, Central America, Dominican Republic, Egypt, and Rwanda, among others
    • Led a nursing workshop in Jordan for nurses from Egypt and Iraq
    • Started a nursing education program in collaboration with Muhimbili School of Nursing in Tanzania 
    • Hosted nine Fellows from the joint Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt 57357/DFCI Global Pediatric Oncology Fellowship Program.
    • Advanced global awareness for pediatric oncology through the development of a documentary and aphoto series on children with cancer in low-resource countries. 

    December 2016

    Gareth Green Award

    Award winners

    GHI student interns from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Nkemjika Ugonabo and Omar Elmadhoun received the 2016 Gareth Green Award at Harvard Chan School for their practicum project entitled “New Patient Process Documentation at Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt and Recommendations for Improvement”. The Green Award recognizes achievement in public health practice and awarded students embody qualities of dedication, dignity, and vision. The projects are recognized for their contribution to the improvement of the health of a defined population and make a significant contribution to the work of the organization, agency, or community in which it is being conducted. Nkem and Omar spent seven months under the mentorship of our Global Health Initiative Director, Irini Albanti, and three weeks at the hospital in Cairo as part of their practicum. Learn more

    October 2016

    Welcome Fall 2016 GLOBE Scholars!

    Fall 2016 GLOBE Scholars

    The fall session of the GLOBE (Pediatrics Global Oncology and Blood Disorders Education) program started on October 17th, 2016 and will run through December 16th, 2016. Five physicians and two nurses were selected to participate and will rotate in the services of Solid Tumors, Stem Cell Transplant, Hematology and Hematological Malignancies.

    Please join us in welcoming: 

    GLOBE Physican Scholars

    Achille Manurakiza, MBBS, from Rwanda
    Clinical Oncology Resident
    Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    Observership dates: October 17-November 11, 2016

    Liana Safaryan, MD, from Armenia
    General Oncologist
    Muratsan University Hospital, Yerevan, Armenia
    Observership dates: October 17-November 11, 2016

    Jelena Lazic, MD, from Serbia
    Pediatric Oncologist
    University Children’s Hospital, Belgrade, Serbia
    Observership dates: October 17- December 9, 2016

    Serena Tripodi, MD, from Italy
    Pediatric Hematology Resident
    University of Brescia, Department of Pediatrics, Brescia, Italy
    Observership dates: October 17-December 9, 2016 

    AaAruna Rajendran, MD, from India
    Pediatric Oncologist
    Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai, India
    Observership dates: November 21-December 16, 2016

    GLOBE Nurse Scholars

    Jean Bosco Bigirimana, BSN, from Rwanda
    Oncology Program Coordinator
    Partners in Health, Rwinkwavu and Butaro, Rwanda
    Observership dates: October 17-December 9, 2016

    Yester Nazaretyan, BSN, from Armenia
    Oncology Nurse
    Muratsan University Hospital, Yerevan, Armenia
    Observership dates:  October 17-December 9, 2016

    September 2016

    Welcome 57357 Fellows!

    GHI Fellows Oct 2016
    Left to right: Ahmed Abdelfattah, Grace Mbatia, Mariam El Sherif, GHI Director Irini Albanti, Noura Maarouf and Waleed Said

    The Dana Farber/Boston Children’s partnership with the 57357 Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt continues this Fall with our second group of fellows. Five fellows will start on September 7 and will be rotating through October 14, 2016. The five fellows will rotate in the services of Solid Tumors, Neuro-oncology, Stem Cell Transplant, Benign Hematology and Hematological Malignancies.

    July 18, 2016

    Welcome 57357 Fellows!

    Global Health Initiative Egypt Scholars
    GHI Staff (Irini Albanti and Allison Ripley) with the 57357 fellows: Drs. Hisham Moneib, Ahmed Mahdy, Ahmed Emad and Mohamed Mustefa

    The Dana Farber/Boston Children’s partnership with 57357 Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt (CCHE) continues this summer with our first group of Fellows. The four 57357 fellows started their observership on July 18 and will be rotating through August 26, 2016. They will rotate in the services of Solid Tumors, Neuro-oncology, Stem Cell Transplant and Hematological Malignancies.

    The Global Oncology Fellowship Program is a formal partnership between Dana Farber/Boston Children’s and CCHE that has existed since 2012. This collaborative project creates a post-doctoral pediatric oncology training program for physicians from all over the Middle East and North Africa, including Ethiopia. The 30-month fellowship program, based primarily at CCHE in Cairo, includes onsite and online training sessions from Dana Farber/Boston Children’s faculty, clinical assignments, mentoring, research projects co-supervised by Dana-Farber/CCHE faculty, and live telemedicine lectures in Cairo. The fellowship also requires a 6-week session of training at Dana Farber/Boston Children’s in Boston where fellows shadow Dana Farber/Boston Children’s faculty as they treat and diagnose patients, attend training and lectures with our Dana Farber/Boston Children’s fellows and receive one-on-one mentoring from our world-renowned physicians.

    July 8, 2016

    Farewell to Spring GLOBE Scholars!

    Global Health Initiative GLOBE scholars
    The Three Spring GLOBE Scholars

    It was a pleasure hosting our Spring Pediatrics Global Oncologyand Blood Disorders Education Program (GLOBE) Scholars! Three physicians from Nigeria, Kenya and India spent 8 weeks week us from May 16th until July 8th and rotated in the services of Solid Tumors, Neuro-oncology, Hematology and Hematological Malignancies.

    Drs. Jaspreet Gharial from Kenya, Saroj Panda from India, and Olufemi Adefehinti from Nigeria , had the opportunity to observe on rounds, attend conferences and give presentations on their GLOBE experience and efforts to advance pediatric oncology and hematology in their countries. Upon departure, Dr. Jaspreet Gharial wanted to share these thoughts with our Faculty and Staff: “William Ward once said, ‘The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates and the great teachers inspires.’ Thank you for inspiring us.”

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