Journal Article

Child Healthcare Workers in Resource-Limited Areas Improve Health with Innovative Low-Cost Projects

Burris Duncan, Anna Mandalakas, Donna Staton, Bron Anders, Mirzada Kurbasic, Margaret Nakakeeto, Ghulam Mustafa, Alex Reyes and Doris Evangelista

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 58, issue 2, pages 120-124
Published in print April 2012 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online June 2011 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tropej/fmr049
Child Healthcare Workers in Resource-Limited Areas Improve Health with Innovative Low-Cost Projects

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Most child health workers in resource-limited communities are dedicated, imaginative, innovative practitioners with ideas that would improve the care of children and families. However, they often lack experience in seeking funds and implementing their ideas. In 2006, the Section on International Child Health in the American Academy of Pediatrics launched a program, I-CATCH to fill this gap. The program provides mentors to assist in writing a proposal for the community-conceived and community-driven idea to improve child health, makes a small amount of funds available to the selected proposals, and offers mentors to help with the project’s implementation. To date, 29 projects in 20 different non-industrialized countries have been funded. The impressive results achieved by the four completed and three ongoing projects are presented.

Keywords: child healthcare workers; resource-limited communities; mentors

Journal Article.  2519 words. 

Subjects: Paediatrics

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