Health care has become a global issue not only because of increasing worldwide travel but also because of the impact on global economies. Our children are the most vulnerable population on the planet and represent the greatest challenge to improving health and decreasing mortality – over 10,000,000 children under the age of 5 years die of diarrhea, lung infections, malaria and measles each year, many complicated by malnutrition and all are preventable! Other diseases such as sickle cell anemia, cancer, and AIDS also take their toll on morbidity and mortality rates. With this backdrop, we developed the Children's Global Health Initiative.
The Children's Global Health Initiative (CGHI) represents the collaborative efforts of researchers and clinicians from Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), the research arm of Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland. CGHI collaborates with other non-profits, universities, institutes and biotechnology companies to provide a venue for the medical and scientific world to collaborate in a bilateral fashion to develop and implement cures for childhood and adult diseases globally. We have an active program of providing medical care tied with hands-on training at a number of hospitals/clinics in developing countries. This includes the bilateral exchange of physicians, scientists, postdoctoral fellows, medical students, graduate students and undergraduate students for training in appropriate medical and basic science technology and education. We also have ongoing translational research projects on specific topics relevant to individual countries as well as other topics for improving the global health of children and individuals of all ages. In addition, we have three Focused Country Programs in Vietnam, Ecuador and Uganda that include capacity building, clinical service, education, training and research. As part of capacity building, we promote country-appropriate medical and research technologies for these low-resource settings.