Over the past 20 years, the UVA Center for Telehealth has become increasingly involved in international health projects.
We draw from a broad experience in providing access to healthcare in rural communities to foster global relationships to treat illness and advance healthcare education in a growing number of places around the world.
The following represent just a few of our international programs.
Tanzanian Women's Global Health Initiative: Moshi, Tanzania
Beginning in 2012, the UVA Center for Telehealth began providing technical support to connect UVA GYN oncologist, Dr. Peyton Taylor to Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC) in a Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) as part of his involvement in the KCMC – Duke Women’s Global Health Initiative. By providing a telemedicine connection between UVA, Duke, and KCMC, this program enhances faculty development at KCMC as well as OBGYN resident education.
UVA and Duke faculty are also collaborating with Dr. O. Oneko of KCMC to further develop a remote rural network for cervical and breast cancer screening. This provides a platform for clinical translational research in HIV/HPV co-infections.
National University of Rwanda - UVA Surgical Case Conferences: Kigali & Butare, Rwanda
In the summer of 2011, UVA Center for Telehealth began a program with the National University of Rwanda to describe and demonstrate the feasibility and utility of case teleconferences as an innovative educational adjunct for building collaboration and surgical capacity. The program now connects four Rwandan hospitals and medical schools with UVA and one another.
To date, UVA has engaged in over 30 Surgical Case Conferences, enriching medical education for both NUR and UVA surgical residents and supporting the development of the Rwandan national telehealth infrastructure.
The UVA - Guatemala Initiative: Quetzaltenango & Solola, Guatemala
In Guatemala, the UVA Office of Telemedicine has been working with the UVA Guatemala Initiative (UVA-GI) to plan and implement a variety of collaborative video and data-linkage opportunities to support local healthcare services. Partnered with UVA Emergency Medicine Professor Dr. David Burt, UVA Telemedicine Video-Conferencing Network Analysts developed a Portal Assessment Tool to evaluate broadband availability in rural or impoverished regions that might benefit from telemedicine resources.
In early 2014, the UVA Center for Telehealth began supporting virtual ASL lessons for students at the Xela School for the Deaf. UVA's Dr. Ted Siedlecki and Penny Carlisle host these lessons twice weekly, connecting to their students in Quetzaltenango.
Mbarara University of Science & Technology (MUST) - UVA Collaboration: Mbarara, Uganda
In June 2013, the UVA Center for Telehealth began working with colleagues at Mbarara University Science and Technology (MUST) to improve telehealth capacity to create a Global Classroom for collaborative research and training. This collaboration takes many forms, a few of which include Resident Case Conferences lead by UVA's Dr. Christopher Moore and MUST's Dr. Sampson Okello, guest lectures, and undergraduate research exchanges. MUST colleagues traveled to UVA in October 2013 with the USTTI group to visit Charlottesville and engage with our Telemedicine staff on ways to strengthen both our individual programs and our collaborative partnership.
This April 2014 began our newest partnership with MUST - Radiology Resident Case Conferences lead by Dr. Juliana Bueno of UVA and MUST's Dr. Julius Mugisha.
Swinfen Charitable Trust
The University of Virginia Health System is very pleased to work with the Swinfen Charitable Trust. The Swinfen Charitable Trust was set up in 1998, with the aim of assisting resource-limited, sick and disabled patients in the developing world. The Trust's policy is to do this by establishing telemedicine links between local medical practitioners and medical and surgical specialists around the world who give free consultations via videoconferencing. As of January 2014, UVA physicians have consulted on over 50 international cases.