Capacity Building in Pediatric Critical Care-Global Health Research and Education: The Blantyre Experience
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
Pediatric critical care medicine (PCCM), as it is practiced in high-income countries, is focused on specialized medical care for the most vulnerable pediatric patient populations. However, best practices for provision of that care globally are lacking. Thus, PCCM research and education programming can potentially fill significant knowledge gaps by facilitating the development of evidence-based clinical guidelines that reduce child mortality on a global scale. Malaria remains a leading cause of pediatric mortality worldwide. The Blantyre Malaria Project (BMP) is a research and clinical care collaborative that has focused on reducing the public health burden of pediatric cerebral malaria in Malawi since 1986. In 2017, the requirements of a new research study led to the creation of PCCM services in Blantyre, creating the opportunity to establish a PCCM-Global Health Research Fellowship by BMP in collaboration with the University of Maryland School of Medicine. In this perspective piece, we reflect on the evolution of the PCCM-Global Health research fellowship. Although the specifics of this fellowship are out of the scope of this perspective, we discuss the context allowing for the development of this program and explore some early lessons learned to consider for future capacity-building efforts in the future of PCCM-Global Health research.
Raees, Madiha Q.; Chimalizeni, Yamikani; Liomba, Alice W.; Pensulo, Paul; Gushu, Montfort Benard; Tebulo, Andrew; Malenga, Albert; Sikorski, Michael J.; Holloway, Adrian J.; Bhutta, Adnan T.; Doctor, Allan; Remy, Kenneth E.; O'Brien, Nicole F.; Postels, Douglas G.; and Taylor, Terrie E., "Capacity Building in Pediatric Critical Care-Global Health Research and Education: The Blantyre Experience" (2023). GW Authored Works. Paper 2729.