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CHOP Global Health offers programs in the Dominican Republic and Africa, with additional opportunities for clinicians and other staff to get involved here in the U.S.

Allies Program

The exterior of the Centro de Salud Divina Providencia clinic.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has had a profound influence on children’s healthcare around the world. As part of our commitment to improve children’s health in developing countries, we have created the Global Health Allies Program.


The Allies Program, which was formally established in 2007, provides opportunities for CHOP employees to use their expertise to work on specific global health projects both in Philadelphia and in the Dominican Republic. Projects are based on community and program needs. Some examples of Global Health Allies projects are:

Dominican Republic: Niños Primeros en Salud

Former Global Health Fellow, Dr. Lara Antkowiak; Clinic Medical Director, Dr. Francisca; and Global Health Director, Dr. Rodney Finalle at the Centro de Salud Divina Providencia.
In 2009, building on years of collaboration with the leadershipof the town of Consuelo, Dominican Republic, CHOP opened a flagship pediatric clinic in the Centro de Salud Divina Providencia, called Niños Primeros en Salud (Kids First Consuelo) or NPS.

The clinic offers comprehensive pediatric care and health education to the most impoverished children under the age of five in the barrios of Consuelo. 

The program is also dedicated to providing opportunities for education, training and formation, for both the community and the next generation of pediatric service providers.


Focusing on children under the age of five, Global Health and our Dominican partners have developed programs that are improving the health of children in the program. These include:

Women and their children wait to see an NPS doctor in the Centro de Salud Divina Providencia.

CHOP Global Health Allies continue to provide programmatic expertise and hands-on support throughout the year to the clinic and staff in the Dominican Republic. Learn more about our partner organizations:

African Program: Department of Pediatrics at the University of Botswana School of Medicine

CHOP Global Health partners with the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Botswana School of Medicine to collaborate on their pediatric residency program.

Pediatric Residency Rotation at Princess Marina Hospital, Gaborone, Botswana

The CHOP Global Health rotation in Botswana affords a challenging and exciting 4 week experience of in-patient pediatrics for pediatric residents in the developing world. Successful applicants will work side-by-side with local healthcare professionals while benefiting from the mentorship of an on-site US-trained pediatrician.

This dynamic rotation is based at one of the nation's largest healthcare facilities —the Princess Marina Hospital (PMH) in Botswana's capital city of Gaborone. Day-to-day duties include the clinical care of patients (Monday - Friday) with coverage (7 a.m. - 5 p.m.) of one Saturday and Sunday during the rotation. There are no overnight duties.

While in Botswana, you will have the opportunity to present a relevant article at the weekly combined academic journal club. There are tremendous opportunities to learn, see, teach and make a difference as we strive with our partners in Botswana to improve in-patient pediatric care for children in Africa.

Please contact us about trips planned for the the 2011-2012 academic year. Learn more about our partner organizations:

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