During the Vermont Oxford Network 2016 Annual Quality Congress we will learn from experts working at the cutting edge of clinical and improvement science in neonatology. We will also learn from colleagues practicing in the face of severe resource constraints and humanitarian crises. All of us share a common goal, to provide the best possible and ever improving care to newborn infants and families wherever they may live.
Some colleagues face challenges more extreme than most of us can imagine. One such colleague is the Syrian pediatrician, Dr. Mohammad Wassim Maaz. He died in an airstrike on the al-Quds hospital in Aleppo, Syria in April 2016 which also killed a dentist, three nurses and 22 civilians. The Al-Quds hospital was supported by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières and the International Committee of the Red Cross. A group of doctors still practicing in Aleppo commemorated him by saying, “We will always remember Dr. Maaz as the kindest and bravest of souls, whose devotion to treating the youngest victims of this war was unparalleled.”
We dedicate the 2016 Vermont Oxford Network Annual Quality Congress to the memory of Dr. Mohammad Wassim Maaz and to the other physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals around the world who have died practicing in the face of humanitarian crises and war.
To honor their sacrifice and support the work of Doctors Without Borders around the globe, Vermont Oxford Network will be raising funds and matching dollar for dollar donations up to $15,000 made through our fundraising page through the end of September 2016.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent international medical humanitarian organization that provides aid to people in some 60 countries whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters.
Thank you for your support and for getting involved. Every little bit helps and is greatly appreciated (and is 100% tax deductible!)! You can learn more about their work by visiting www.doctorswithoutborders.org.