Watch Dr. Philip LaRussa Discuss the Global Health Initiative in Vietnam

The Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Columbia University has been involved in the Pediatric HIV research and treatment effort in the United States since 1987. However, although the situation in the U.S. has improved dramatically as a result of active antiretroviral therapy for HIV-in´ťüfected children and adolescents and the implementation of highly effective preventative regimens the same improvements have not yet been seen in many parts of Africa and Asia. Led by Dr. Philip LaRussa our international training efforts started with teaching seminars at the Medical School of the University of Zimbabwe in Harare, Zimbabwe in 2001. Subsequently, he has established research collaborations and treatment programs for HIV-infected children not only in Zimbabwe, but at the King Edward Hospital in Durban, South Africa. Drs. LaRussa and Natalie Neu have also collaborated with Dr. Joseph Haddad, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Columbia University to set up routine HIV testing for children in Tegucigalpa, Honduras who are candidates for plastic surgical repair of cleft lip and palate defects.

In collaboration with the Worldwide Orphans Foundation, Drs. LaRussa, Foca, Neu and Ms. Jurgrau, a clinical nurse practitioner conduct training seminars and mentor clinicians in Ethiopia and South Vietnam. We also provide day-to-day support for these clinicians by e-mail and Skype communications.

A Message from Dr. Tove Rosen, MD, from the Division of Neonatology

I spent a great deal of time in Vietnam between 2002 and 2006 -- divided into 2-to-3-week time periods. From 2002-2005, I was with an organization called Project Vietnam. We traveled to different hospitals in various cities in Vietnam and taught neonatal resuscitation. We also ran seminars for doctors from smaller villages on neonatal resuscitation, gave lectures on neonatal topics, and made rounds in the NICUs in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and advised on patients.

In 2006, I was invited to participate in a conference at the National Children's Hospital in Hanoi and teach NCPAP application in their NICU.

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