To address these challenges, and strengthen the capacity of health professionals and policymakers in Southeast Asia, Mount Sinai physicians under the leadership of Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc, the Ethel H. Wise Professor of Community Medicine and Dean for Global Health at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, have established a formal collaboration with the Chulabhorn Research Institute (CRI) in Bangkok, Thailand. Under the auspices of CRI and the World Health Organization (WHO), the physicians are sharing their knowledge and expertise with health care workers in Southeast Asia. Mount Sinai is world renowned for its work in environmental and occupational medicine.
The third annual Awards for Outstanding Service to the International Community were presented to Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai faculty members Nils Hennig, MD, PhD, MPH, and Ebby Elahi, MD, on Tuesday, March 5, by The Mount Sinai Auxiliary Board and its Young Women’s Division.
Both physicians have worked extensively with global health organizations, including Doctors Without Borders, and led numerous international medical missions on behalf of underserved populations.
On Tuesday night, the pre-General Assembly IFMSA/AMSA conference kicked off in the 13th floor auditorium in Annenberg at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Icahn’s American Medical Students Association (AMSA) chapter is excited to host this year’s pre-General Assembly Conference focusing on global health and advocacy. One hundred medical students from around the world managed to arrive today and listen to organizers Dan Knights, Felicity Jones, Mike Eliasz, Riju Banerjee, and Susanna O’Kula announce the week’s schedule and welcome the delegates to New York.
When yet another team sets off from the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science for some remote location in Africa or Central America, its thoughts are on how to provide the superior standard of care, considered to be the routine at home, to women in drastically resource poor settings. Upon returning, what our teams often realize is that the tremendous expertise they develop in these countries is the very thing that makes them the experts in their own fields at home. Fistula repair is the perfect example of this.
“Obstetric fistula is a tremendous problem in sub-Saharan Africa,” says Charles Ascher-Walsh MD, Assistant Professor, Director of Gynecology and Urogynecology, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science. “In many countries there is very little maternal health care and, as a result, maternal mortality rates top 1% in some of these countries. These rates are unfathomable in the United States.” If a woman is lucky enough to survive childbirth, the rates of developing some type of post-partum fistula vary between 2 to 5 per thousand births. This equates to between 50,000 and 100,000 new cases of vesico-vaginal fistula in West Africa alone every year. These women, constantly drenched in their own urine, become social outcasts and live a life of physical and social misery. This problem, however, often has a surgical cure that can reinstitute these women into society.