Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, may not be on the exact opposite side of the world from Boston. In fact, if you were to dig a tunnel straight down through the Commons, you would end up treading water a few hundred miles off the southwestern tip of Australia. All the same, you would be hard pressed to find two more dissimilar places on Earth—at least when it comes to the availability of pediatric physicians.
“The country had fewer than 20 pediatricians working in public settings, serving a population of 4 to 5 million,” says Kim Wilson, MD, assistant director of Boston Children’s Hospital’s Global Pediatrics Program in the Division of General Pediatrics.
And the situation actually declines when it comes to pediatric specialists.
“The latest data we have for anesthesiologists, for example, is that there are probably 12 for the whole country,” explains Craig McClain, MD, a Boston Children’s anesthesiologist, who with Wilson, was part of a team of Boston Children’s clinicians working were in Rwanda last year as to shrink the physician-to-patient disparity. Full story »