An estimated 40,000 children in sub-Saharan Africa have cancer or a hematological disorder and only 20 percent of those children survive. That’s compared to 80 percent of children diagnosed with cancer that survive in the United States.
Texas Children’s aims to change this dismal news by bringing its world-class pediatric specialists and stellar care and treatment programs where it’s needed most.
The most common childhood injuries that require trauma care occur due to road accidents, fires, drowning and falls. Training doctors in pediatric emergency medicine literally can make the difference between life and death or long-term disability and health.
That is why Texas Children’s sends pediatric emergency experts to resource-limited countries and trains local physicians in the special care of children with traumatic injuries.
The Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative at Texas Children's Hospital (BIPAI), serves as the anchor for most Texas Children's Global Health programs.
The mission of BIPAI and its affiliated non-governmental organizations are to provide high-quality, family-centered pediatric and adolescent health care, education and clinical research worldwide.
Texas Children’s Hospital and BIPAI aim to reverse high child and maternal morbidity and mortality rates that occur in the context of poor healthcare service coverage areas, poor baseline nutrition and unhealthy reproductive and birthing practices.
Our Maternal-Child Health programs in Colombia and Argentina seek to address morbidity and mortality among underserved populations in those countries.
Women are essential to social and economic progress yet they shoulder some of the greatest burdens of preventable disease and death. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2015 alone, an estimated 303,000 women died as a result of pregnancy and childbirth, 99 percent of these in poorer regions of the world.
These women often leave children without anyone to protect and care for them, which contributes to staggering under-5 mortality rates of 5.9 million deaths per year.
Since a child’s health is so dependent on its mother’s health, Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine collaborate with public and private partners in regions of greatest need to increase access to and improve delivery of women's health services.
Children living in resource-limited settings often lack access to doctor’s trained in both routine and advanced pediatric surgical and post-operative techniques.
Texas Children’s collaborates with hospitals and universities to share training and provide direct care and treatment in many countries, including Argentina, Haiti, Malawi, Mexico, Pakistan, Tanzania and Uganda.
Tropical medicine focuses on a group of chronic parasitic, viral and other infections that affect more than 1.4 billion people worldwide. Known as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), these conditions are all too common among the world’s poorest people and contribute significantly to chronic ill-health and disability, particularly for children.
Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine established the National School of Tropical Medicine to address the urgent need to improve healthcare strategies for the prevention, treatment and diagnosis of NTDs worldwide. Furthermore, Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development works with partners around the world to develop and test new vaccines against neglected and emerging infectious diseases.
Tuberculosis affects approximately 10 million new people each year and results in over 1 million deaths. This disease disproportionately harms children, representing between 5 percent and 15 percent of all new TB cases, but a larger share of death.
An estimated 90 percent of those infected with TB live in resource-limited countries and it is thought to be the main killer of HIV-infected people. However, TB still remains an issue in industrialized nations. In 2013, the U.S. discovered about 9,500 cases of tuberculosis with over 12% diagnosed in Texas, making TB a concern to Texas Children’s Hospital.
The Texas Children’s Global Childhood TB Program addresses barriers to care and expands services available to children with TB, both domestically and globally.