GLOBAL HEALTHCARE BREAKTHROUGH
$5 Million Grant to Coalition of Providers
Can Permanently Improve Conditions
In Less Developed Regions
The OSU Greif Neonatal Survival
Program was created with a $2.5 million gift from Greif, Inc., through its
Greif Packaging Charitable Trust, to The Ohio State University (OSU) to
establish healthcare training and delivery programs in developing nations with
the goal of permanently improving health conditions in these regions. This gift
is mirrored by a similar one to the Global Health Delivery Partnership (GHDP),
comprised of Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Division of Global Health Equity, Harvard
Medical School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, and Partners
In Health (PIH).
OSU participates in the program
through the Wexner Medical Center and its Office of Global Health under the
leadership of Diane Gorgas, MD, and the team of Lisa Alianiello, CPN, neonatal
pediatric nurse practitioner/educator, Pamela Potter, administrative director,
and Lynnsay Sinclair, program manager.
OSU is focusing its expertise on
improving neonatal survival through building in-country health care capacity by
means of educational programs for health care workers at all levels, from
physicians and nurses to community health care workers. A central component of
the OSU Greif Neonatal Survival Program is expanding to other low-income
regions of the world. The OSU team worked closely with PIH and learned from
their highly effective models of in-country clinical care delivery
announcement was made at a news conference held November 29, 2012, at the McCoy
Center in New Albany, Ohio, by David Fischer, President and CEO of Greif Inc.;
Dr. E. Gordon Gee, President of The Ohio State University; Dr. Paul Farmer, a
founding director of Partners In Health, and Dr. Steven Gabbe, Ohio State’s (then)
Senior Vice President for Health Sciences.
explaining why Greif is making the grant of $1 million a year for five years,
Mr. Fischer said: "As a corporate citizen of the world, Greif has a keen
awareness of the many serious healthcare threats that afflict vast areas of the
globe. We welcome this opportunity to support a program that can change the way
care is delivered by training local professionals, and we are proud to do this
in collaboration with a team of people and organizations that have outstanding
records in the healthcare field."
Wexner Medical Center’s Dr. Gabbe said: "This important partnership of
global healthcare leaders will allow us to truly improve people’s lives one
mother and one child at a time. Working as a team, we can shape the future of
medicine sharing our knowledge and resources with people in great need of
medical services. This innovative venture will create a lasting, positive
impact on the lives of so many individuals and communities in developing
nations around the world."
on behalf of PIH, Dr. Farmer said: "This partnership will leverage
innovative research, teaching, and service delivery to promote the health of
women and children from rural Haiti to Rwanda and other resource-poor settings
throughout the world. Partners In Health has long believed that the poor can
best be served by training and working alongside local community members; we
are proud to be a part of this program, which will bring high-quality care to
those who it need it most."
Inc., the world’s largest industrial packaging company, produces steel,
plastic, fiber and also produces paper and manages timberlands. It also
provides blending, filling and packaging services for a wide range of
industries. With more than 200 locations in more than 50 countries, Greif
is a global leader in its industry.