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.
Global Neonatal 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 Neonatal 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.
VON Global Health Fellowship
We support 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.
Reduction in Exchange Transfusions for Acute Bilirubin Encephalopathy
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.