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Child health in low-resource settings: pathways through UK paediatric training
  1. Anu Goenka1,
  2. Dan Magnus2,
  3. Tanya Rehman3,
  4. Bhanu Williams4,
  5. Andrew Long5,
  6. Steve J Allen6
  1. 1Department of Paediatrics, Royal Bolton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Bolton, UK
  2. 2Department of Emergency Paediatrics, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, UK
  3. 3Education & Training Division, Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health, London, UK
  4. 4Department of Paediatrics, North West London Hospitals NHS Trust, Middlesex, UK
  5. 5London Specialty School of Paediatrics, UK
  6. 6Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Anu Goenka, Department of Paediatrics, Royal Bolton Hospital, Minerva Road, Bolton BL4 0JR, UK; anugoenka{at}


UK doctors training in paediatrics benefit from experience of child health in low-resource settings. Institutions in low-resource settings reciprocally benefit from hosting UK trainees. A wide variety of opportunities exist for trainees working in low-resource settings including clinical work, research and the development of transferable skills in management, education and training. This article explores a range of pathways for UK trainees to develop experience in low-resource settings. It is important for trainees to start planning a robust rationale early for global child health activities via established pathways, in the interests of their own professional development as well as UK service provision. In the future, run-through paediatric training may include core elements of global child health, as well as designated ‘tracks’ for those wishing to develop their career in global child health further. Hands-on experience in low-resource settings is a critical component of these training initiatives.

  • Global health
  • Medical Education
  • Tropical Paediatrics
  • Training
  • Developing countries

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