Global Health

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Demonstrated Dedication to Global Communities

Tools and coaching for local improvement

Our long-term partnerships with health care providers in global resource-limited communities enables sustainable data-driven quality improvement.

VON faculty, staff, and volunteers develop deep relationships with doctors, nurses, and administrators to build skills in data analysis and increase capacity for quality improvement projects.

We partnered with the African Neonatal Association to create the African Neonatal Network, a data-driven quality improvement community of neonatal care, supported with electronic data submission and real-time reporting in the Global Health Neonatal Quality Improvement Database and training in quality improvement methods.

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Global Health Neonatal Quality Improvement Database

Enriching our worldwide community of practice

In partnership with multidisciplinary colleagues in low and lower middle income countries, we customized a tool paired with education and coaching to meet the data and quality improvement needs of resource-limited neonatal units striving for improvement.

In partnership with the Ethiopian Pediatric Society and with support from the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health, VON’s Global Health Neonatal Quality Improvement Database serves as the platform and common language for quality improvement for the twenty large public and academic hospital members of the Ethiopian Neonatal Network and all centers participating in the African Neonatal Network.

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VON Global Health Fellowship

We have supported the fellowship training of neonatologists from low and lower middle income countries.

Applicants are selected from a competitive pool for a neonatology fellowship scholarship supported by matched funds from Vermont Oxford Network and VON community members.

VON Global Health Fellow alumni are neonatal leaders in their countries and valued members of our worldwide community of practice.

This fellowship program is currently supporting the training of a Zimbabwean pediatrician in the African Pediatric Fellowship Program.

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Reduction in Exchange Transfusions for Acute Bilirubin Encephalopathy

Case Study

The neonatal team at Tikur Anbessa Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia recognized they were performing exchange transfusions for acute bilirubin encephalopathy at an alarming rate, two to three times per day.

Through a failure analysis, neonatal team members and VON volunteers identified opportunities to improve identification of high-risk infants, surveillance, and monitoring efficacy of treatment.

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Resources for Global Neonatal Healthcare Providers


VON Libraries

Our libraries provide evidence, improvement stories, educational videos, and data analysis to support improving care for infants and families.

Countless VON members and faculty have contributed to creating these resources and we continue to add to these libraries as more resources are developed through VON member programs.

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VON Grand Rounds

Free webinar and discussion series to advance quality improvement in newborn care.

This webinar and discussion series is supported by the work of dedicated VON teams and faculty and informed by the VON Institute for Evidence-Based Practice, and are intended to advance evidence into practice through sound quality improvement methods.

Open for all to attend at no cost (no continuing education awarded).

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