Published on in Global Health Update
Ten years ago, David N. Pincus, a local philanthropist, had the vision to make a lasting difference in children’s lives. Mr. Pincus and his wife established the Pincus Family Foundation with the mission to “promote children’s health, education, safety, nutrition, recreation, and the arts both locally and worldwide.” This was very much in character for Mr. Pincus who, beginning in the 1960s, volunteered and traveled around the world to help children in need.
In thinking about how to have a long-term impact, Mr. Pincus turned to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) where he had his earliest volunteer experiences as an orderly. Mr. Pincus gave a generous gift to establish the David N. Pincus Global Health Fellowship Program at CHOP, which aims to train future leaders in pediatric global health through clinical, teaching, research, and advocacy experiences in partner countries.
On Oct. 4, 2018, several members of the Pincus family, board members of the Pincus Family Foundation, numerous CHOP physicians involved in Global Health, Penn medical students, colleagues from Botswana and the Dominican Republic, and other key partners joined the Global Health Center at CHOP in celebrating 10 years of partnership with the Pincus Family Foundation.
Over the last 10 years:
- Eight fellows graduated from the fellowship and have gone on to impact the lives of tens of thousands of children, here in the United States and abroad. Learn more about them and their inspiring work:
- The fellows helped train 30 Batswana pediatric residents, 200 Batswana medical students, and over 250 Dominican pediatric residents.
- Fellow research is helping to transform pediatric care, including through the introduction of rotavirus vaccine in Botswana; informing best practices for HIV-exposed, but uninfected babies in Botswana; promoting breastfeeding in the Dominican Republic; and evaluating the effectiveness of PCV13 (pneumonia) vaccine in the Dominican Republic.
The David N. Pincus Global Health Fellowship serves as a catalyst for the Global Health Center’s work in Botswana and the Dominican Republic. We are grateful for this unique partnership with the Pincus Family Foundation and look forward to many more years of working together to promote the health and wellbeing of children worldwide. Together, we strive to live out Mr. Pincus’ words: “You’re supposed to not just think about your own life; you’re supposed to do things for other people.”