During the summer of 2013, Stanford Emergency Medicine International (SEMI) collaborated with CLF to carry out a research project. The research focuses on capacity building in pediatric emergency rooms at public hospitals in Karachi. The first phase of this research was carried out at the National Institute of Child Health (NICH) in Karachi to collect preliminary demographic and epidemiological data of the pediatric patients who visit the facility.
Millennium Development Goal 4 requires the nations to reduce under-five mortality rate by two-thirds by the end of 2015. Such research projects can help in highlighting the factors, which will make Pakistan overcome the barriers in achieving MDG 4.
Recently, CLF trustees visited the Stanford University. During their stay in Stanford, a reception was given in CLF’s honor by Dr. S. V. Mahadevan who heads SEMI. At the reception, the preliminary data from the research project was presented to them by a member of the research team..
In addition to CLF’s collaboration with SEMI, a working relationship with the Department of Pediatric Infectious Diseases has also been initiated. On 30th October, Dr. Naseeruddin Mahmood gave a talk to their faculty and residents which was titled “Sustaining Millennium Development Goals: Challenges and Opportunities in Health”. Subsequently, meetings with Professor Yvonne Maldonado and the CLF Trustees helped develop better understanding on how the Department of Pediatric Infectious Diseases may facilitate on CLF’s preventive health work in slums of Karachi.
For further details of this research project visit Stanford School of Medicine’s Website: http://emed.stanford.edu/education/international/projects.html#16 .