A Sustained Partnership between a Haitian Children’s Hospital and North American Academic Medical Centers

Michael P. Koster, Jackson H. Williams, Jacqueline Gautier, Renee Alce, Bernard E. Trappey

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Global health initiatives from academic medical centers have rapidly proliferated over the last decade. This paper endeavors to describe our 5-year experience as an academic medical collaborative supporting healthcare delivery, medical training, and research at Hôpital Saint Damien-Nos Petits Frères et Soeurs, the only freestanding children’s hospital in Haiti. Descriptions of the history and current activities of our academic medical collaborative, its partnership and communication structure, its evolution to fill the expressed needs of our host site, its funding mechanisms, and its challenges and opportunities for the future are included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number122
JournalFrontiers in Public Health
StatePublished - May 30 2017

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Funding Information:
The SDC determined fundraising was a priority, and in 2012, a conference and fundraiser took place at the primary coordinating site. This inaugural event led to other partner institutions leading similar pediatric global health conferences and fundraisers for HSD each year, with $94,640 raised over four events. Most recently in 2016, in a matched fundraising drive, the SDC raised $50,000 resulting in $100,000 for HSD. The SDC’s activities are largely funded, independent of its member institutions, through private fundraising events and grants. Each member institution pays a small annual membership fee which helps fund a coordinator and chief resident position at HSD, both of whom support the visiting members of the collaborative and the Haitian Pediatric residency program.

Publisher Copyright:
© Copyright © 2017 Koster, Williams, Gautier, Alce and Trappey.


  • Haiti
  • academic medical center
  • capacity building
  • collaborative
  • global health
  • medical education
  • pediatrics
  • training


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