Global Pediatrics Program
8.1 million children under 5 die each year of treatable and preventable conditions.
3.6 million babies die in the first month of life.
3 of the biggest killers of children under 5 are pneumonia, diarrhea and birth complications.
50 percent of all deaths before age 5 stem from under-nutrition.
Children’s Hospital Boston Department of Medicine established the Global Pediatrics Program (GPP) in recognition of the increasing importance of pediatric global health as a component of pediatric medicine. The center staff were charged with the task of cataloguing global health activities in the Department of Medicine, and working to organize both a structure and an approach to pediatric global health for the department. As part of this work, GPP faculty and affiliated staff developed ongoing global initiatives and partnerships to support our goals of excellence in service, training, and research. These initiatives include in-country partnerships, a post-doctoral fellowship, a residency program, and other academic offerings.
The GPP is increasingly integrating its work with the global health initiatives in the Departments of Surgery, Anesthesiology, Nursing, and Radiology.