The Health Place for Children Initiative (HPCI), an NGO founded by Dr. Odiraa Nwankwor, an alumnus of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has announced plans to establish a five-bed pediatric intensive care unit at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital in Enugu State.
New equipment and supplies are in place to launch the unit, and the initial phase of training health care providers and biomedical personnel is scheduled to begin in September. The unit is urgently needed in Nigeria, where, according to the 2013 Nigerian Demographic Health Survey, one of every eight children born in the country will die before their fifth birthday. The majority of the causes are either preventable or reversible.
HPCI is a pilot project with the goal of establishing at least one pediatric intensive care unit at a major teaching hospital in each of the Nigeria’s six geopolitical regions by 2023.
Dr. Nwankwor, a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Jefferson University in Philadelphia, received an MPH from the Bloomberg School in 2011. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a pediatric intensivist at the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, and Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey.Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on August 16