ICAHN School of Medicine
The Arnhold Global Health Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, works to improve the health of people around the world by building global partnerships in research, education and patient care. It aims to reduce infant and child mortality, reduce deaths among women in pregnancy and childbirth, and to control the global spread of infectious diseases and chronic diseases.
In 2016-17, the Asfari Foundation is supporting a training course for Syrian doctors, which is training 150 Syrian doctors and medical staff working inside Syria. The training, which takes place on the Turkish border with Syria, is provided by Dr Annie Sparrow of the Icahn School of Medicine, a highly experienced doctor, trainer and human rights activist, in paediatric critical care, infectious diseases, malnutrition and public health. Dr Sparrow uses her expertise to train health workers in Syria to contend with the trauma of war and to address the enormous public health problems in the country, together with the Syrian American Medical Society. The goal of the project is to train Syrian doctors and other medical staff to reduce infant, child, maternal and other adult mortality in Syria and control the spread of infectious diseases such as polio, cholera, typhoid, HIV and Hepatitis B. Research is conducted in conjunction with the project in order to best understand the training needs of Syrian doctors, and to feed into policy making and public awareness of the health situation in Syria.