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Welcome from the Chair


The American Academy of Pediatrics' Section on International Child Health (SOICH) was founded in 1996 by a core group of dedicated pediatricians with decades of collective field experience. SOICH has since evolved to become one of the Academy's largest and most engaged groups. Nearly a thousand members work together to actively enhance the health and well-being of children globally - particularly those living in low resource settings - through impact-oriented education, advocacy, and service delivery. More than half of SOICH members are pediatricians living and working outside the United States, in more than sixty countries worldwide.  We hope to be working with you soon – and look forward to meaningful collaborations focused on improving the health and well-being of child everywhere. "

Our Acti​​vities

Through the International Community Access to Child Health (ICATCH) Grant Program, SOICH provides grants and active mentorship for international colleagues committed to developing innovative programs that improve child health at home in their own communities. 

The International Child Health Network (ICHN) is an electronic database that fosters collaborations between health professionals worldwide who are focused on enhancing child health. 

We organize a Section-sponsored Annual Program that brings world-renowned experts and thought-leaders in global health to the AAP National Conference and Exhibition each year.

Our team is proud of our longstanding commitment to physicians-in-training, and we provide the International Elective Award (IEA) to support international electives for medical residents and fellows.

In addition, SOICH distributes a newsletter, and has published several textbooks in recent years including "Working in International Child Health" and "Atlas of Pediatrics in the Tropics and Resource- Limited Settings." ​

Finally, the Section offers comprehensive information describing its mission, programs, services, and membership on this website and maintains a dynamic listserv of nearly 1,000 pediatricians with active interests in global child health ... and that's just a sample.

If you are considering joining the Section on International Child Health please let me or others on the team know what additional information we can provide, or how else we can be of assistance. Note that SOICH offers several membership categories in an effort to make the Section highly accessible to colleagues within and outside of the United States. We also welcome physicians-in-training (medical students, residents, and nurse practitioners) as members.

Thanks for your interest and support!

Parminder Suchdev, MD, FAAP
Chairperson, AAP Section on International Child Health