Harbor-UCLA Pediatric Interview Series
"Spotlight" on Advocacy: Beatrice Tetteh, M.D., Takes on Global Community Health in Rural Ghana - 05/04/2011
Beatrice Tetteh, M.D, recently traveled to Ghana where she performed clinical work, investigated congenital cardiac referrals for the region, and worked alongside the Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI).
GHEI is an NGO founded by a UCLA Pediatrics resident alumna with the objective of helping the people of Ghana build a sustainable future through community-based health and education projects.
Dr. Shom Dasgupta is a first year resident in the Department of Pediatrics. Since 2007, Dr. Dasgupta has served as a fieldworker and staff physician for the non-profit organization Wuqu' Kawoq, which focuses on healthcare, language revitalization, clean water, and the treatment of malnutrition in Guatemala, one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Speaking both Spanish and the Mayan language Kaqchikel, Dr. Dasgupta works on Wuqu' Kawoq’s malnutrition interventions and trains local community health workers to provide basic primary care and health surveillance in rural communities.
Dr. James Marrone was a resident at Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics from 1997-2000. Jim received his medical degree from Tulane University in New Orleans. About a year after completing his residency he took a position at the LBJ Tropical Medical Center in Pago Pago, American Samoa, and has been there ever since. The LBJ Tropical Medical Center is a public hospital, and the only hospital in American Samoa (a U.S. Island Territory with a total population of about 70,000). The hospital is located near the center of the main island, Tutuila, approximately 2,500 miles South/Southwest of Hawaii.