Parents of childhood cancer patients are arguably the most important members of a child’s treatment team.  Yet many times in resource-limited settings, parents are not equipped with the knowledge to successfully care for the specialized heath needs fo their children.  On this episode of GHCC, we discuss a multi-country assessment of the educational needs of parents.  Dr. Erin McCann at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, along with partners in Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, and Panama, explored the lingering questions that parents expressed after their child’s cancer diagnosis, and developed multimedia educational tools to help answer their questions and support the parents.  We will hear from both Dr. McCann, and one of her collaborators from El Salvador, Dr. Fuentes Alabi explain the project and discuss what it took to successfully work together to make the project happen.  What’s more, Dr. McCann was able to finish this project as a medical trainee and as part of her Masters in Public Health practicum project with Irini Albanti, DrPH, MPH, MA (who was previously on the podcast discussing the documentary How I Live) at the Global Health Initiative at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.  Her experience is instructive for other trainees in high-income countries who are interested in global oncology but find it difficult to successfully complete transnational projects.

Download Dr. McCann’s poster about the project here.

Download Dr. McCann’s powerpoint presentation about the project here.

Email Dr. Erin McCann here and Dr. Soad Fuentes Alabi here.