School Health Initiative
“Healthy Kids = Healthy Community “
Despite general improvement in economic and
social conditions, many developing countries are still characterized by much poverty, unhygienic surroundings, malnutrition, and widespread prevalence of communicable diseases.
PEDSI’s School Heath initiative goal is to address these challenges to improve overall health and well being of the school children.
We published the 1st edition of School Health Manual tailored to health needs in Bangladesh which will standardize the process of Health assessment by teachers in every school.
We held training program for teachers, students, administrators from 7 rural schools in Dhaka, Chittagong & Coxs Bazar
All 7 schools were provided free School monitoring guideline manual, weighing machine, BP machine, eye exam chart etc.
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
Basic Support (BLS)
After much hard work and extensive planning we established the American Heart Association International Training Center (ITC)
for Basic Life Support (BLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) courses, the first such facility in Bangladesh. PALS prepares providers in pediatric emergency resuscitation with hands-on small group skills training for Airway control, vascular access using Intraosseous needles, Cardiac Rhythm recognition, Automatic External Defibrillator and management of Cardiac arrest, Respiratory and Circulatory compromise.
PEDSI offered all courses and material free of cost to the participants in Bangladesh.
Residency workshop for IMG
Organized a FREE workshop for IMG -International Medical Graduates and Medical students who are preparing for getting into US Residency Programs. Specialist in the field offered advice on how to prepare for USMLE Steps, how to apply for a clinical Observership, assisting in research projects and volunteering in medical missions.
Participants were also given hands-on Basic Life Support Training.
A popular portion of the IMG workshop is the Mock Interview -
Dr Chris Cavagnaro, PEDSI Faculty, conducted this mock interview
with an IMG candidate - you can watch it here
We have implemented community outreach programs and offered Family & Friends CPR to students in Islamic Center of Rockland, to parents in a Medical office in Queens and to lay providers in a corporate office in Bangladesh.
Global Health Elective
We arranged a 4-week global health elective for a Pediatric Resident in March 2017. Rotations were at Apollo Hospital and ICDDRB Center in Bangladesh. He was also involved in teaching PEDSI courses as well. We hope to offer this opportunity to other Residents interested in careers that will address international health disparities.
PEDSI Global Health Conference & Workshop
In Dec 2017 we inaugurated the PEDSI Training Center in Dhaka with lectures and workshop covering wide areas
of topics by experts in the field of Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, General Pediatrics, Pediatric ICU, Pediatric Emergency, Pediatric Hospital Medicine and Postpartum & Newborn Care. Small group interactive sessions included Newborn Resuscitation (NRP), Care of Developmentally Disabled, Blood gas interpretation, Bedside teaching guidelines, Non-invasive ventilation and Patient care medical home.
Workshop was also offered in Chittagong Medical College and Dhaka Shishu Hospital. Participants were awarded Certificate of Completion.
Advanced Pediatric Life Support (APLS)
In Dec 2014 PEDS International training center conducted APLS-Pediatric Emergency Medicine Course sponsored by
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. APLS course is presented as case-based discussions on current diagnosis and management of common pediatric emergencies. We offered the course in Dhaka Shishu Hospital & Chittagong Medical College Hospital. In Sept 2015, we were invited by Heart Life Zimbabwe to organize the 1st APLS course in Zimbabwe to Doctors and Nurses in Harare and Bulawayo. In Mach 2017, we were invited to offer the 1st APLS course in Philippines to Nurses and Doctors and train them in emergency pediatric care with manikins and resuscitation equipment.
Successful participants received APLS Certificate from PEDSI Global Health / American Academy of Pediatrics
Free Pediatric Clinic
In March 2017, PEDSI with volunteers doctors, nurse Practioner, Nurses, Nurse Assistants and their family members conducted two free clinics to children in remote islands in Philippines.
More than 200 children were given a physical examination and anyone who equired medications were provided free to the patients.
Along with training the physicians in life saving techniques we have
donated “Resuscitation kit” which included essential equipment required for monitoring and stabilizing critical patients.
These items were donated by friends at Children's Hospital at Montefiore and other donors.
We were invited to meet with the Leadership of Bangladesh Paediatric Association (AAP equivalent) and Professor Dr. M. R. Khan and commitment was made to explore areas of future cooperation.