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The program will begin with a talk by Dr Zulfiqar Bhutta and will end with an open discussion and a summary of the proceedings.
The South Asia Program at the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington continues the Development, Diaspora and the Next Generation Project with the workshop Child and Maternal Health in South Asia in 2012 to build on the momentum of the Project in 2010 and 2011. Our theme will explore and enrich our understandings of the current trends and technologies in delivering quality healthcare particularly to recent and expecting mothers and their children and to enable discussion between all parties. The UW has a number of departments where faculty and graduate student research focuses on the use of technologies to advance healthcare delivery and best practices. These include the I-TECH (International Training & Education Center for Health) which initiated the Global Health Clinical Seminar Series with experience in Tambaram, Tamil Nadu, India and UW IARTP (International AIDS Research & Training Program), a collaborative attempt to advance AIDS research through professional exchange. A growing number of undergraduate students in the University, both students of South Asian heritage and non-heritage students, are extremely interested in the practical aspects of development, in volunteering with NGOs in various fields, and training for jobs in development organizations in South Asia.
Our 2012 Development, Diaspora and the Next Generation: Child and Maternal Health in South Asia objective are to:
- Explore the new models of health care providers, informal and formal, professional and para-professionals and the technology-related evolution in the delivery of healthcare services with special emphasis on child and maternal health.
- Enable local NGO personnel to discuss their work with UW faculty and their NGO colleagues.
- Facilitate interaction with visiting practitioners such as Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta.
In addition, in 2012, as in the past, our workshop will expand on:
- Providing learning opportunities to Seattle-based organizations to offer and share best practices, strategies and challenges of working in development projects throughout South Asia.
- Enabling South Asian development managers, activists, volunteers, faculty and students to reflect on their experiences, motivations and aspirations in their development work.