lack of appropriate pediatric drug formulations presents serious global health
challenges. Due to a lack of pediatric formulations for many essential
medicines, healthcare workers must often dispense adult dosage forms with
instructions on how to achieve the desired pediatric dose. In order to guide
the creation of optimal formulations of pediatric medicines, more data are
needed about how parents/caregivers, patients, and providers manage illness, and
what their preferences would be to improve adherence to treatment.
An interdisciplinary team of Dartmouth faculty and
students from medicine, medical anthropology, and pharmacology are working with
collaborators at Muhimbili University to
conduct a survey in Tanzania
of patients’, caregivers’, and health care workers’ understanding of and
preferences for medicines for children.
that health extends beyond medicine, GHI has fostered collaborations with Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering
and the University of Dar es Salaam
College of Engineering and Technology, along with the Jane Goodall Institute and local
organizations in rural Tanzania to design and implement sustainable sanitation
and alternative fuel systems to protect threatened water supplies and to reduce
deforestation in rural Tanzania. Click here to view a short
animation about GHI’s environmental health efforts.