More pediatric health care professionals around
the world are taking part in AAP programs and accessing AAP resources, while the Academy’s global
partnerships are growing.
Last year’s AAP National Conference & Exhibition drew 2,425 international professionals, representing a quarter of the attendance. Attendees came
from 81 countries; the top 10 countries represented
were Mexico, Colombia, Canada, the Philippines,
Ecuador, Peru, Lebanon, Egypt, Brazil and Costa
Rica. Five years earlier, 1,417 foreign attendees came
to the meeting.
Another sign of global outreach is the development of the International Community Access
to Child Health (ICATCH) program, which will
observe its 10-year anniversary with a program at
the 2017 annual meeting. ICATCH, modeled after
CATCH in the U.S., has provided 65 grants for
programs to benefit children in underserved areas
in 34 countries. The initiatives tackle issues such as
nutrition, health education, screenings, oral health,
teen mental health and child abuse prevention.
Among newborn survival training programs,
the Neonatal Resuscitation Program is marking its
30th anniversary. It has spread to 134 countries,
where 3. 9 million health care professionals have
been trained. The newer Helping Babies Survive
has trained 400,000 individuals in more than 80
countries. In addition, the Academy is a partner in
Survive & Thrive, which helps strengthen interna-
tional maternal and child health programs.
The Academy is secretariat for NCD Child, a
global coalition supporting the rights and needs of
children living with or at risk of noncommunicable
diseases. NCD Child is involved in various partnerships and collaborations.
Other areas of AAP international outreach include
• relationships with pediatric societies such as the
International Pediatric Association and other
collaborations that include child health advo-
cacy and support of disaster preparedness and
• wide distribution of AAP journals, books and
publications, including global health topics (see
resources) plus the parent-focused HealthyChildren.org en Español ( www.healthychildren.org/
• an international resources website (http://
internationalresources.aap.org/) attracting visitors from 144 countries;
• Section on International Child Health with
about 1,000 members;
• at least 13 AAP chapter partnerships with global
• a growing social media presence via Twitter
(@AAPGlobalHealth) and Facebook (https://
• 820 AAP members living in 111 countries out-
side the U.S. and Canada, covering all member-
ship categories (international medical students,
residents, seniors, etc.). The top 5 countries rep-
resented are Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Brazil, India
and the United Arab Emirates.
The AAP Office of International Affairs, established in 2002, was expanded into the Department
of International Child Health in 2015.
— Alyson Sulaski Wyckoff
• AAP global portal with links to global fact sheet and the
Section on International Child Health, https://www.aap.
• AAP Abroad columns on AAP News Gateway, www.