National Perinatal Information Center
National Perinatal Information Center


Samara, Russia — Providence, Rhode Island
HIV/AIDS Treatment, Care and Support in the Russian Federation (2004-2006)

US Partner: The National Perinatal Information Center (NPIC), the lead organization, is a non-profit research and informational center devoted to the development of knowledge in the area of perinatal health.  They join with Care New England, a health care system with a full range of perinatal, pediatric, and medical-surgical inpatient and outpatient services, Lifespan with a similar array of services serving Rhode Island and the Southern Massachusetts, and Stanley Street Treatment and Resources, who provides a full array of HIV services to high-risk individuals.

Russian Partner:  The Samara Oblast Ministry of Health will serve as the lead Russian institution for the new partnership.  The Togliatti City Health Department, oblast and city AIDS Centers, and several other health and social service institutions will also collaborate to develop a fully integrated model of prevention, care, treatment, and social support services to people living with HIV/AIDS in Samara Oblast, Russia.

Overall Goal:
The overall goal of the Providence – Samara Partnership is to strengthen human and organizational capacity to develop a replicable and integrated model of HIV/AIDS treatment, care, and support services based on international standards of care. These model programs will embrace a wide range of psycho-social services and clinical interventions—including highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), treatment for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, and community-based counseling and support networks—in an effort to provide comprehensive care to people living with HIV/AIDS.

Gegharkunik, Armenia — Providence, Rhode Island
Community-Based Primary Health Care Partnership (1999-2004)

US Partner: Care New England (CNE) and Lifespan Health Systems in concert with their respective institutions have initiated a partnership in Gegharkunik, Armenia.  CNE and Lifespan are dedicated to the development of an integrated care system that achieves clinical, teaching, and research excellence. The National Perinatal Information Center (NPIC), a non-profit organization that provides information and research resources to the Perinatal community, provides coordination of the partnership.

NIS Partner: The Gegharkunik Regional Health Care Management Department is charged with managing and coordinating health care delivery for the region’s population.  The department implements federal and municipal health care programs initiated by the Ministry of Health and the regional administration, and conducts data collection and analysis. The Sevan Adult and Pediatric Policlinics are community-based primary health care facilities with specialized services for TB, oncology, STD, psychiatry, endocrinology, ophthalmology, and neurology.

Partnership Objective:  Major priorities identified the need for professionals
in the region to receive continuing education and training with greater
emphasis on disease prevention and health promotion in the population.

Tirana, Albania — Providence, Rhode Island
Women's Wellness Center Partnership (1999-2004)

US Partner: The Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island (WIHRI) has the sixth largest obstetrical service in the United States. Its facilities include the full range of obstetrical, gynecological, and newborn services. As the Perinatal Center for Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, this hospital provides outreach education and transportation to ensure the best outcomes for mothers and infants. The National Perinatal Information Center(NPIC), a non-profit organization that provides information and research resources to the Perinatal community, provides coordination of the partnership.

CEE Partner: The Maternity Hospital is one of two major university maternity hospitals in Tirana and the largest maternity center in Albania. It has 300 beds, including 15 for neonatal intensive care, and is responsible for approximately 8,300 deliveries per year.

Partnership Objectives: The partnership's overall goal is to establish a comprehensive, patient-centered, outpatient-based Women's Wellness Center in Tirana.

The partnership focus changed to increasing cervical cancer screening and treatment as well as creating an ongoing public awareness initiative to education women on the risk of cervical cancer to identify problems early enough to assure successful treatment.

Kosice, Slovakia — Providence, Rhode Island
Hospital Partnership (1995-1999)

US Partners: Women and Infants' Hospital of Rhode Island (WIHRI) is the sixth largest obstetrical hospital in the United States. Its facilities provide the full range of obstetrical, gynecological, and newborn services to the southeastern region of New England. Hasbro Children's Hospital at the Rhode Island Hospital has 87 inpatient beds with state-of-the-art facilities. Both hospitals are affiliated with the Brown University School of Medicine. The National Perinatal Information Center (NPIC) administers the partnership.

CEE Partners: The Faculty Hospital and Polyclinic in Kosice is a 1,200-bed acute care hospital in Eastern Slovakia responsible for referrals from the entire region. Faculty Hospital Kosice provides the full range of inpatient and outpatient medical services and is a full teaching facility affiliated with the P.J. Safarik University Medical Faculty.

Partnership Objective
The overall objective of the partnership was to improve maternal and child health in Eastern Slovakia. In the four clinical areas of perinatal, neonatal, pediatric and gynecological medicine, partners focused on education modules, delivery system reform, and technology transfer.

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