Stories about: Global Health Program

Improving orthopedic care in Colombia, one step at a time

A team of orthopedic nurses pose in a hospital in Colombia.
Danielle (far left), Michelle (in Boston Children’s shirt) and I pose with the local nurses

Colombia is a beautiful country. On my first impression from the airplane, I was struck by how lush and green everything looks. People are warm and friendly, and quickly make you feel at home. For the past three years, I have had the opportunity to work at University Hospital in Neiva, Colombia with Healing the Children and the Boston Children’s Hospital Orthopedics Department as part of a surgical outreach program. My nursing work is also sponsored by Boston Children’s Global Nursing Fellowship.

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Helping Liberia

LiberiaThe West African nation of Liberia is currently dealing with deadliest outbreak of the Ebloa virus that the world has ever seen. With hundreds dead and thousands more impacted, Liberia and its neighboring countries are at the center of a serious health crisis that is proving extremely difficult to control.

The images coming out of the area are troubling for everyone to see, but especially so for Michelle Niescierenko, MD. As director of Boston Children’s Hospital’s Global Health Program and the Academic Collaborative to Support Medical Education in Liberia, Niescierenko has spent years working with Liberian health care workers to strengthen the country’s medical education programs. Knowing her friends and colleagues in the area are now working frantically to contain the deadly disease, often without proper equipment and training, Niesciernko finds herself asking what many of us are thinking: “How can I help?”

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