Involvement and perspective in international health care issues reaps benefits locally and globally. Dr. Gerardo Cabrera-Meza is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine as well as Medical Director of International Neonatology at Texas Children's Hospital.
As such, Dr. Cabrera-Meza is a Regional Advisor in the Americas for the Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization Integrated Management of Childhood Illness strategy. Since the year 2000, the development and implementation of the neonatal component of Integrated Management of Childhood Illness has been a major regional task.
- Dr. Michael Speer, a longtime newborn advocate, participates in many educational programs around the world.
- BCM pediatric residents and medical students have the opportunity for a Guatemala elective rotation, which is coordinated by Dr. Cabrera-Meza.
- A neonatal nutrition outreach program was recently initiated by Dr. Cabrera-Meza and Dr. Steven A. Abrams. They and nurses from Texas Children's often travel to hospitals in Mexico, Guatemala, and Peru to learn about local nutrition issues for newborns and bring possible solutions and training to medical and nursing staff. The outreach program also brings nurses from those countries to Houston, where they gain insights to the latest knowledge in neonatal care under the guidance of BCM faculty.
- In the spring of each year, Texas Children's hosts an International Colloquium that is attended by pediatricians from Latin-America. The colloquium is conducted in conjunction with BCM's annual Pediatric Postgraduate Symposium and is supported by faculty from the BCM Section of Neonatology.
Image from NASA, Johnson Space Center. "View of Earth taken by Apollo 11 crewmembers" NASA Photo ID: AS11-36-5337. Use of this image does not imply endorsement by NASA of BCM, the BCM Section of Neonatology, or its International Program.