Infectious Diseases Initiative

The Infectious Diseases Initiative of the St. Jude International Outreach Program works to increase the survival rate of children with infectious diseases by educating and training local healthcare professionals at international sites. We help them gain the knowledge, technology and organizational skills necessary to prevent, diagnose, manage, and minimize the consequences of infectious diseases in children, particularly those with cancer.

We have two objectives. The first is to establish and maintain a network of infectious disease specialists and institutions that facilitate continuous exchange of knowledge and expertise in infectious diseases between St. Jude and its international partners. We also aim to foster international collaborative research on basic and clinical aspects of infectious diseases.

At international sites, the Infectious Diseases Initiative supports ongoing formal training of healthcare providers in infection control in collaboration with local educational centers and health institutions.