Management of soil-transmitted helminthiasis in surgical candidates for obstetric fistula repair

“Management of soil-transmitted helminthiasis in surgical candidates for obstetric fistula repair.”

Published in the Lancet Global Health co-authored by MIA president and surgeon, Karolynn Echols, MD. 

This piece constitutes a relevant contribution to the ongoing discourse on how to overcome complex surical problems encountered in many low-income countries – the kind that will be forefront of the global health community’s 2014 agenda. This work also integrates the existing evidence into our management of surgical candidates for fistula surgery who are also infected with worms and constitutes a triumph in bridging the low-income-high-income country and non-governmental organization-governmental organizations. Read more.

Bringing Global Surgery into the Public Health Fray

“Bringing Global Surgery into the Public Health Fray: Why Global Surgery Matters”

First posted in Columbia University’s Online Public Health Journal, The 2×2 Project– written by MIA board member and surgeon, Ambereen Sleemi, MD, MPH

Highlighting the importance of global surgery in the caring for populations in need, a mission of MIA. read more.

Dr. Ambereen Sleemi’s recent and informative commentary on the HPV vaccine

Read medical advisory board member Dr. Ambereen Sleemi’s recent and informative commentary on the HPV vaccine.

The HPV vaccine developed to prevent children from getting cancer in adulthood, especially cervical cancer. Until it is more globally accessible, Medicine In Action will continue the cervical cancer screening program in Jamaica. Read the commentary that Dr. Ambereen Sleemi has written on this very important issue in The 2X2 Project.

MIA First High School Outreach Program

Medicine In Action’s first high school outreach program was born today; at the Alpha Academy for Girls as Dr. Karolynn Echols and Dr. Lise Rehwaldt spent sometime with the grade 13 girls discussing career goals in health care.

This will be the beginning of a wonderful relationship as MIA will continue to develop this program and speak twice a year on health, nutrition, volunteering and careers. The sky is the limit!

A number of the science majors are interested in observing what MIA does in surgery and clinics; for a hands on experience they will be coming to St. Joseph’s hospital when we do our next visit. This is an exciting adventure them, the girls have a bright future ahead of them.

Geanna and Randine two bright art students in grade 12; they are also our youngest volunteers and gave us a fabulous tour and valuable insight into life as a teenage girl in Jamaica. We see a very bright future for these two and MIA has become one of their mentors as they continue to develop.

Dr. Sharan Rahman generously donated $11,000…

December 2012

Dr. Sharan Rahman generously donated $11,000 worth of medical equipment including a much needed colposcope, microscope, LEEP machine and cryosurgery device which will help us in the screening, diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer. These items are waiting in our storage unit to go to Jamaica in November.  Dr. Rahman will be joining us on our March mission. The new storage unit makes it possible for us to collect donations like these and hold them until our next trip to Jamaica.