“These are stories of pediatricians who refuse to take ‘no’ for an answer when it comes to children and families,” says Steve Berman, co-author of Global Child Health Advocacy: On the Front Lines, medical editor for the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation and professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The recently published book tells the inspiring tale of pediatricians who recognized serious clinical issues around the world, such as the lack of affordable and accessible vaccines, and made it their life’s work to address them.
Readers will take a trip around the world with those on the front lines of pediatric care as they share their successful child health initiatives. From reducing the mortality rate of newborns in Chile to eradicating polio in India, each story provides a practical example of pediatricians fighting these global obstacles through advocacy, innovation and collaboration. Steve hopes readers will take away the powerful message woven into each story: “step by step, from the local to the more general, global child health advocacy can make enormous impacts on health.”
Steve first became interested in pediatrics during medical school because of the public health and community engagement aspect. He later discovered his passion for advocacy after seeing many of his patients in Cali Colombia with vaccine preventable diseases. His work to lower costs and increase the accessibility of vaccines is described in his book, Getting it Right for Children: Stories of Pediatric Care and Advocacy (2007). He has a strong belief in shared decision making and says that “patient and family empowerment through principles of shared decision making is a critical component of community engagement, which is necessary for successful advocacy.”