Pediatric Critical Care in Resource Limited Settings—Lessening the Gap Through Ongoing Collaboration, Advancement in Research and Technological Innovations

Ashley Bjorklund, Tina Slusher, Louise Tina Day, Mariya Mukhtar Yola, Clark Sleeth, Andrew Kiragu, Arianna Shirk, Kristina Krohn, Robert Opoka

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Abstract

Pediatric critical care has continued to advance since our last article, “Pediatric Critical Care in Resource-Limited Settings—Overview and Lessons Learned” was written just 3 years ago. In that article, we reviewed the history, current state, and gaps in level of care between low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and high-income countries (HICs). In this article, we have highlighted recent advancements in pediatric critical care in LMICs in the areas of research, training and education, and technology. We acknowledge how the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to increasing the speed of some developments. We discuss the advancements, some lessons learned, as well as the ongoing gaps that need to be addressed in the coming decade. Continued understanding of the importance of equitable sustainable partnerships in the bidirectional exchange of knowledge and collaboration in all advancement efforts (research, technology, etc.) remains essential to guide all of us to new frontiers in pediatric critical care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number791255
JournalFrontiers in Pediatrics
Volume9
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 31 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding has historically been a barrier for researchers in LMICs. There has been some increase in funding mechanisms and grant opportunities for studies designed to PCC in LMICs and financially support the researchers and support staff needed to conduct these studies. Some examples include the grants offered through the Thrasher Research Fund, the Doris Duke Research Fellowship, Fogarty Funding (NIH), Mobile Health: Technology and Outcomes in Low-and Middle-Income Countries (NIH), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Gates Foundation.

Funding Information:
We would like to thank the Departments of Pediatrics at Hennepin Healthcare and the University of Minnesota and the Global Pediatrics Program at the University of Minnesota for their support of Global Pediatric Health.

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © 2022 Bjorklund, Slusher, Day, Yola, Sleeth, Kiragu, Shirk, Krohn and Opoka.

Keywords

  • device innovation
  • global health
  • low and middle income countries
  • medical education
  • pediatric critical care
  • simulation
  • telemedicine
  • virtual platforms

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Review

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