Specialty Care Solutions in the Developing World - Pitfalls and Potential

Public health measures such as vaccines and clean water are certainly critical and foundational to transforming health in a limited resource setting. However there are times as a long term medical missionary when the huge health disparities between specialty medical care in the developing and the developed world motivate one to initiate specialized treatment programs where none exist. We will discuss the factors to consider in beginning and sustaining these programs in extremely limited resource settings with examples from neonatology, hematology, and oncology at Kibuye Hope Hospital, a 170 bed teaching hospital in rural Burundi.


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  • Jeffrey Hallett

    Jeffrey Hallett

    Expats can come in for short trips and do consults or procedures. Bigger challenges surround acquiring and maintaining specialty equipment. The biggest challenge is education, that is to say, starting post graduate specialty training programs for African medical school graduates where none currently exist. Let’s keep the conversation going!




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