Global Women's Health
If you were a woman living in Liberia, odds are you wouldn't live beyond the age of 41. Mount Sinai is helping to change this. Economically disadvantaged communities throughout the world are deeply affected by the health-related consequences of poverty and few of the more than 16,000 students who earn medical degrees in the U.S. each year have been trained to address the health needs of these most vulnerable populations.
Mount Sinai Global Women's Health programs combine resident education with real world charitable care in order to establish sustainable programs, improve access and availability of services, reduce maternal morbidity and mortality, and educate and train providers around the world to deliver quality women's health care. In short, we're preparing our physicians to be good global citizens, and we are building programs internationally to facilitate this goal.
Global Health Partners Advancing Care for Women
In Monrovia, Liberia, for instance, where the female mortality rate is 180 out of 1,000 live births and where there are only six obstetrician gynecologists in the entire country, we have partnered with other Mount Sinai departments, as well as other U.S. academic medical centers to send teams of physicians to a tertiary care hospital to provide critical training to local healthcare providers to help change these odds.
In the foothills of Santiago, Guatemala, we have partnered with a small community hospital to provide clinical care and birthing kits to the rural community. And in El Salvador, a country with the highest incidence of cervical cancer in Latin America, our physicians provide training for local healthcare providers to diagnosis and treat early cervical cancer.
We've also partnered with Saving Mothers, a non-profit organization that aims to prevent neonatal and maternal death around the world by supplying women with materials to promote safe delivery. One current project is the distribution of birthing kits to women in Sierra Leone and Tanzania, areas that have long been afflicted with the highest maternal and child mortality rates in the world. Here in the U.S. and in partnership with the March of Dimes, we've developed a Lifestyle Modification Program that empowers obese pregnant women by teaching them about nutrition and exercise that can lead to lower gestational weight gain and, ultimately, safer deliveries for both mothers and babies.
Taraneh Shirazian, MD
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science
Director, Global Women's Health
Dr. Shirazian talks about Mount Sinai's extensive global women's health programs.
Read about our Global Health work in Guatemala. [PDF]
Samantha Smith, RN, Taraneh Shirazian, MD and Jessica Oliveira assemble kits for our rural health sites in Africa and Guatemala to help ensure that women have clean, safe deliveries.