004: Healthcare delivery considerations in Low Resource and Disaster environments

October 13, 2014



In this episode, Professor Dr Mark Hauswald discusses his experience with the University's Global Health program and Gates Foundation in Nepal, and the team's approach to capacity building. He explores the importance of teamwork and how it works in disaster response, in contrast to low- resource environments.

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About my guest:

Professor Dr Mark Hauswald works quarter- time at University of New Mexico  as Co-Director of International Health Programs. He is active in both the 'Society for Academic Emergency Medicine' and 'American College of Emergency Physicians'  international groups. Additionally, he and his Obstetrician wife, Dr Nancy Kerr, have extensive international experience as well as providing clinical care at the Navajo Area Health Service.


Mark and Nancy were some of the first medical staff deployed by the United States to Haiti following the devastating 2010 earthquake. Additionally, they have extensive experience in providing medical care in difficult-to-reach locations. Mark has researched and explored low-resource health care services repeatedly through his professional life, anchored with his tenured positions at major American Medical Centres and Universities.


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Abbreviations and acronyms

   ACEP           American College of Emergency Physicians

   DMAT           Disaster Medical Assistance Team

   NGO             Non- Government Organisation

   Obs/ Gyne    Obstetrics/ Gynecology

   O.B.G.Y.N.    Obstetrician / Gynecologist

   SAEM           Society for Academic Emergency Medicine

   UNM             University of New Mexico

   USAID          U.S. Agency for International Development



  • Haiti Earthquake 2010 (Link). 



  • University of New Mexico's School of Medical (Link)

  • Univerity of New Mexico's Global Health program (Link) 

  • Katmandu Univeristy (Link)

  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (Link)

  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine​- Department of Global Health and Development (Link)

  • International Federation of Emergency Medicine  (Wikipedia Link)


Academic References

  • Hauswald, M., Richards, M. E., Kerr, N. L., Schmidt, T. A. and Helderman, T. (2010), The Haitian Earthquake and Academic Emergency Medicine. Academic Emergency Medicine, 17: 762–764. doi: 10.1111/j.1553-2712.2010.00803.x 

  • Burdick, William P.; Hauswald, Mark; Iserson, Kenneth V. (2010). "International Emergency Medicine". Academic Emergency Medicine 17 (7): 758–761. doi:10.1111/j.1553-2712.2010.00805.x. PMID 20653591.


About the Podcast Host:

Craig, is a health and emergency service management specialist with more than 30 years experience in operational management, emergency planning, health service delivery and service redevelopment. More information can be found at www.cahooper.com 

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