Burn Relief in Malawi

BWH’s Jennifer Wall, PA-C, (at left) operates on a young burn patient with members of the surgical team.
Photo courtesy of Africa Burn Relief.

Only 2 percent of homes in Malawi, a landlocked country in Africa, include a stove. Most families cook over a fire on the ground three times a day, and every hut has a raging fire outside of it for warmth at night.

“Kids are face to face with fire all the time,” says Jennifer Wall, PA-C, a physician assistant at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Burn Center.

Given the prevalence of fires resulting from everything from cooking to bathing to cleaning, burns are a frequent and often untreated consequence of this way of life.

Wall has made it her mission to provide resources, skills training and mentorship to local health care providers to create sustainable burn treatment and prevention models in the rural village of Nkhoma, Malawi. Continue reading “Burn Relief in Malawi”

Diabetes in the Developing World

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A nurse educator, Dr. Varine Menh and Dr. Hudson gather in the exam room that served as the diabetes clinic.

Margo Hudson, MD, of BWH Endocrinology, contributes this piece about her global health work in Cambodia.

“Is there diabetes in Cambodia?” was a frequent question posed to me when I told my BWH colleagues that I was heading to Phnom Penh this summer to help a small hospital launch a new outpatient diabetes program.

The hospital is the Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE which, like most Cambodian health facilities, is heavily sponsored by charitable organizations, in this case the global charity HOPE Worldwide. It has a 30-bed acute inpatient facility, as well as a large outpatient facility and maintains 2 emergency rooms. Continue reading “Diabetes in the Developing World”

Serving our Global Community on Medical Missions

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BWHers are known for reaching out to help those in need, even when they’re thousands of miles away. Many volunteer through organized programs like Team Heart and Operation Walk Boston, while others learn about opportunities through friends, family or colleagues at BWH. Pathology resident Brooke Howard, MD, and pathologists’ assistant Lindsey Cheney are two staff members who committed themselves to making global contributions this year.  Continue reading “Serving our Global Community on Medical Missions”

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Telepathology Brings Rapid Diagnosis to Rwanda

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When you only have two pathology laboratories in a country of 10 million people, clinicians often have to make treatment decisions without pathology results. This was the case in Rwanda, until BWH joined with other organizations to reduce turn-around times and ultimately build capacity in the country’s pathology labs.

Check out this BWH Clinical & Research News article about how BWH pathologists are helping to bring rapid diagnosis to Rwanda.


BWHer Honored for Work in Liberia

Rajesh Panjabi


Rajesh Panjabi, MD, an associate physician in BWH's Department of Medicine, was recently recognized by Good Magazine, the Segal Family Foundation, and the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation for his commitment to saving the lives of women and children in the remote villages of Liberia.

Panjabi was nominated by Good Magazine to the GOOD100, a list that includes ideas and projects that are “pushing the world forward”. Panjabi was nominated for Last Mile Health, an organization he co-founded that trains former patients and other non-medical community members called Frontline Health Workers (FHWs) to become health advocates. By recruiting, hiring, equipping, and integrating these FHWs into the existing public health system, Last Mile Health is pioneering a system to bring health care directly into hard-to-reach, last mile villages.

Panjabi also accepted the Segal Family Foundation's Rising Star Award for his continued work in Sub-Saharan Africa.  The Segal Family Foundation supports grassroots organizations directly, and through connecting them with innovative ideas, technical expertise, and capacity-building opportunities.

Finally, Panjabi's organization, Last Mile Health, won a prestigious three-year grant from the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation (DRKF), and Panjabi was added to the DRKF portfolio of social entrepreneurs. The Draper Richard Kaplan Foundation is a venture philanthropy fund that supports early-stage nonprofits that have the potential to change the world.

To learn more about the work Last Mile Health does in Liberia, please visit www.lastmilehealth.org.