by Donna M. Staton, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP
Ten years ago, members of the AAP
Section on International Child Health ran
into a problem. They knew that one of the
most effective strategies to improve child
health was to invest in local providers who
understood the health challenges in their communities.
And they knew the AAP Community Access to Child
Health (CATCH) grant program was a success in doing
just that. But CATCH funding is limited to
pediatricians in the U.S.
The solution? International Community
Access to Child Health (ICATCH), a grant
program modeled on CATCH but focused
on colleagues in developing countries. The
first grants of $2,000 a year for three years
were awarded in 2007 to providers in Pakistan, Uganda, El Salvador and the Philippines.
Since then, ICATCH has funded 66 programs in 37
countries on five continents. Overseeing the program
is a diverse group of AAP members that has grown
from six to 28.
Recipe for success
Since most children in the world will never see a
pediatrician, ICATCH grants are awarded not only
to pediatricians but also to nurses, community health
workers, health educators and others who can directly
Catching up with International Community Access to Child Health, 10 years later