Dr. Paul Wise’s Children in Crisis program links pediatric healthcare with political reform. It is the first academic initiative addressing the needs of children in areas of unstable governance and civil conflict – places where many nongovernmental organizations and foundations are reluctant to venture and kids are particularly vulnerable.
Since his first trip to Guatemala in 1970, Wise has returned nearly every year for weeks or months at a time to offer medical assistance, conduct research and figure out ways to provide basic health care to some of the country’s poorest people. Many live in the rural villages near San Lucas Tolimán, hours from Guatemala City and the place where Wise has concentrated most of his work.
The Asia Collaborative for Medical Education is a consortium of leading medical schools and healthcare institutions, dedicated to furthering the training of healthcare professionals in the Asia-Pacific region. This international collaboration brings together influential partners from such countries as the US, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Through its programs, ACME seeks to meet medical and health-care related training demands in the region’s developing countries, and ultimately establish sustainable local capacity to train emerging leaders in these fields.
Led by Dr. C. Jason Wang, Professor Mildred Cho, and their colleagues in Asia, ACME founded two Centers of Excellence in Research Ethics Training. The Center for Innovation in Ethics is hosted at Stanford University, and the Center for Humanism, Professionalism, and Social Justice is hosted at the Koo Foundation Sun Yat-Sen Cancer Center/National Yang-Ming University, in Taiwan. This work is funded by the NIH Fogarty International Center to train scholars from developing countries in research methods and research ethics.
Dr. C. Jason Wang is Co-PI of the Taiwan Birth Cohort Study. The nationally representative longitudinal study, which officially launched in 2003 by the National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan. Through this collaboration, we have been following 10% of live births in 2005. The birth cohort was sampled from Taiwan’s 89 townships and subsequently followed in 6 waves of surveys (at 6 months, 18 months, 3 years, 5.5 years, 7 years, and 8 years of age). The sample includes more than 20,000 children and their caretakers and will be followed until they reach 21 years of age to establish a complete longitudinal database.
The primary principles of the survey instrument echo its goals: understanding child health and its determinants. The contents of the first to fourth wave of the survey instrument consist of three parts: Infant/Child Health Care Needs Survey (referred to as the Main Survey), Infant and Child Development Scales, and Parents’ Self-Perceived Health Status. Survey content and items will be devised appropriate for participant’s age.