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Family and Child Health in the Americas

Efforts to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals

Center hosts international summit on maternal and child health

Of the eight United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals, two focus on improvements to maternal and child health. According to the UN 67 countries are defined as having high child mortality rates.  Many childhood deaths occurring under the age of five are preventable, with one third of death caused by under nutrition.

On April 29 the Center for Global Health brought these and other issues to the forefront during the 2011 Global Health Summit, “Family and Child Health in the Americas: Efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.”  Among the various topics discussed were vaccines, neonatal mortality reduction, disasters and children, malnutrition, tobacco use reduction, and HIV infections and AIDS.

Although hosted on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, the Summit was an international event.  Maternal and child health experts from around the world gathered with experts from the Center to discuss the methods they use to individually and collectively tackle health challenges facing underserved and underdeveloped communities.

Attendees expressed strong enthusiasm at the day’s end and were in agreement that the Summit had placed the Center and University on the global map and within the discourse of maternal and child health issues.

“The Summit launched the Center for Global Health as one of the preeminent centers for global health research in the country,” commented Center director Dr. Stephen Berman.

To learn more about the UN Millennium Development Goals, visit .

The 2011 Global Health Summit was co-sponsored by:
  • Pan American Health Organization
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Academic Pediatric Association
  • Latin American Pediatric Association
  • International Pediatric Association

    Want to view the morning Summit Presentations?  Click here.

    Want to view the afternoon Summit Presentations?  Click here.


    Working Program and PPT Presentations (PDF - requires Acrobat Reader)

    Summit Working Program (PDF)

    Latin America Efforts to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals: An Update on Progress. Yehuda Benguigui, MD, Senior Advisor in Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses, Pan American Health Organization, Washington DC 


    Integrated Case Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI): Current research and new directions.  Eric Simoes, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado


    The Challenge of Reducing Neonatal Mortality:  What is the role of "Helping Babies Breathe"?  Susan Niermeyer, MD, MPH, FAAP, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado and Editor "Helping Babies Breath" 


    Disasters and Children:  How can planning and training benefit child survivors?  Steve Berman, MD, FAAP


    Introduction to the NICHD Global Network and Our Partnership with Guatemala.  Michael Hambidge, MD, ScD, Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine


    Global Nutrition:  New Strategies and Research.  Nancy Krebs, MD, FAAP, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine and Section Head of Nutrition at Children's Hospital Colorado


    Neonatal Care and Traditional Birth Attendants in Guatemala.  Ana Garces, MD, MSPH, Sub director of Multidisciplinary Health Institute and Senior Foreign Investigator, Global Network for Women's and Children's Health Research, Guatemala


    New Initiatives to Reduce Tobacco Use in the Developing World.  Jonathan D Klein, MD, MPH, FAAP, Associate Executive Director and Director, Julius B Richmond Center, American Academy of Pediatrics


    Sustaining Immunization Programs in Developing Countries.  Jon Andrus, MD, Deputy Director of the Pan American Health Organization


    Vaccines:  A Way to Achieve Better Health and Wealth in the Americas.  Edwin Asturias, MD, Associate Scientist, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Center for Health Studies University del Valle in Guatemala and Walter A Orenstein, MD, Deputy Director for Immunization Programs, Vaccine Delivery, Global Health Program, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


    HIV and AIDS:  Success and Problems with International Research Networks.  Myron Levin, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine


    Efforts to Reduce Maternal Mortality:  Current research and new directions.  Gretchen Heinrichs, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Colorado School of Medicine and Denver Health


    Presenters Biographies (PDF)

    Working Topics and Objectives (PDF)


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