Roatan Volunteer Pediatric Clinic in Roatan, Honduras

Investigator: Sheila Jenkins, MD

Location(s): Honduras


Co-founder of the Roatan Volunteer Pediatric Clinic in Roatan, HondurasThe Roatán Volunteer Pediatric Clinic empowers the public health system in the Bay Islands of Honduras to improve the quality of, access to and continuity of pediatric care. Global Healing connects Honduran and American medical professionals to learn from one another to become better practitioners using modern technologies that address locally relevant challenges.

Pediatric attendings and third-year pediatric residents who are fluent in Spanish spend 4 weeks or longer at the Clinic. They share their pediatric expertise with their Honduran counterparts and get to hone their clinical skills and learn about tropical medicine. Visiting physicians also participate in ward rounds with local physicians and help Dra. Cerritos examine newborn infants. Over the past several years, American specialists in emergency medicine, neonatology, pediatric and trauma surgery have visited the hospital on a short-term basis to deliver intensive training conferences to the island medical community.