International Opportunities

Ethiopia Pulmonary Training Program

Neil Schluger, is leading an effort under the sponsorship of the World Lung Foundation to establish a pulmonary fellowship training program at Addis Ababa University School of Medicine in Ethiopia (Map).

There is currently no pulmonary fellowship program (and no trained pulmonary physicians) in Ethiopia, and this program will fill a vital need. The program has the support of the highest levels of Addis Ababa University as well as the Ministry of Health. Our goal is to train pulmonologists in Ethiopia who will then be able to sustain a training program on their own. The co-director of the program will be Dr. Jane Carter, a pulmonary physician at Brown who has worked in East Africa for many years.

The program will launch in January 2013, with the first class of pulmonary fellows at Addis Ababa University School of Medicine. Interested faculty, third and fourth year fellows will have the opportunity to participate in this training program for either short blocks of time (2-4 weeks), or much longer blocks. This is an extraordinary opportunity.

International Research Opportunities

The Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University carries out research and projects in international sites, primarily in resource-poor countries. Pulmonary and Critical Care fellows with an interest in international research have the opportunity to participate in international projects.

Ghana Biomass Fuel Project

An estimated 3 billion people, largely in the rural developing world, use biomass fuel (wood, charcoal, crop waste, dung) as their primary energy source. These fuels burn inefficiently and produce significant smoke, which has a high concentration of air pollutants, and adds significantly to the global burden of both indoor and outdoor air pollution. These fuels are primarily used by women for cooking.

Madhavi Parekh’s research project in rural Ghana, Kintampo district (Map), includes measurement of lung function and markers of airway inflammation in women who use traditional cookstoves with biomass fuel, and after an intervention with a more efficient cookstove and/or use of clean fuel. This research is being performed in partnership with Patrick Kinney of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, as well as the Kintampo Health Research Centre (KHRC) of Ghana, which has a widespread health surveillance system and is involved in other international large scale health research and intervention trials.