Poland Infant Mortality Rate 



Source: United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (2023)


The mission of the Children’s Medical Care Foundation (CMCF) is to ensure that the most advanced pediatric medical knowledge transcends borders and reaches a wide range of infants and children suffering from sickness and disease.  CMCF’s goal is for all infants and children to have equal access to the best medical care available.

The Children’s Medical Care Foundation’s philosophy is to provide ”Packages of Medical Knowledge” in the form of Fellowships to Pediatric Specialists and nurses from participating medical centers and universities to train in the latest techniques and procedures at top medical centers in the United States, Poland and Western Europe.  CMCF is committed to building “International Medical Bridges” between countries through the open exchange of medical knowledge, building lasting relationships and alliances to transcend borders and reach a wide range of infants and children suffering from life threatening illnesses and diseases.

CMCF objectives assure that geography is not a boundary for medical knowledge.  CMCF aims to:

  • image-4Improve the health of infants and children in their native country through supporting innovative Fellowships that will expand access to the best medical care available.
  • Coordinate participation of physicians at international pediatric conferences, symposia and speakers forums.
  • Support sending subscriptions of medical journals and Neonatology and Pediatric Surgery textbooks to assure that geography is not a boundary for medical knowledge.

Over the last 43 years, Children’s Medical Care Foundation (CMCF) has financially sponsored 387 Fellowships, nearly 50% of which were allocated to Polish anesthesiologists, neonatologists, pediatric surgeons, oncologists, hematologists and immunologists for supplemental training at some of the most highly regarded medical and research institutions throughout Western Europe and the United States with the goal of having their newfound medical knowledge and skills find their way directly to their hospitals of origin and to the children they treat.

When CMCF began in 1981, Poland’s infant mortality was an alarming 20 deaths within the first year of life per 1,000 live births.  As of 2022, due in very large part to CMCF’s long term strategy of elevating the nation’s standard of care through knowledge sharing and collaboration, that number now stands at less than 4 deaths per 1,000 live births.

The education provided by CMCF in effective neonatal resuscitation has most likely reduced brain injury in many Polish neonates.  In the long term, CMCF’s newborn resuscitation program has most likely reduced rehabilitative costs required for newborn asphyxia and its associated cerebral palsy.  Overall, the estimated cost savings of one child avoiding cerebral palsy would be $200,000 per year.  When put within the context of medical care and educational endeavors of CMCF, the savings to the government of Poland has been in the millions of dollars.

In addition to educational endeavors, a strong research relationship has been established between the University of Missouri and the neonatologists of Jagiellonian University in Krakow and University of Medical Science in Poznan.

Centers for Excellence

CMCF promotes the establishment of “Centers for Excellence” in Poland where doctors from Ukraine and other countries in Eastern Europe can receive training in various pediatric specializations from former CMCF Fellows, many of whom now head key medical institutions in Poland.


The first evaluation of the impact of CMCF’s activities in Poland and Ukraine was completed in 2013.  CMCF facilitated contacts for Natalia Romuzga’s (Claremont Graduate University) in her efforts to complete the first evaluation research on various CMCF funded programs, successes and limitations in Poland and Ukraine.  This research provides valuable data on the long term impact of CMCF’s efforts.  (Read More)

CMCF takes pride in the Polish physicians who have received a helping hand with training have been able to accomplish.  Their hard work has resulted in the realization that “International Medical Bridges” and the resulting collaborations have benefited vast numbers of children throughout Eastern Europe.  Our partnerships have been instrumental in changing the medical culture of Poland over time and will, with diligence, and persistence, do the same for the rest of Eastern Europe, as well.

Collaborative Research

Joint CMCF-sponsored research between between the US and Poland has primarily been spearheaded by CMCF Board member Michael P. Sherman, M.D., F.A.A.P, Professor of Child Health, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA. Professor Sherman is a neonatologist whose research helps diagnose, treat and prevent infections in preterm infants. Over the past 28 years, as a research collaborator he has worked with key doctors as well as lectured at various conferences and symposia in Poland and other international meetings.

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East Coast Auxiliary Committee

In 1991, CMCF formed an auxiliary committee on the East Coast to raise money for Fellowships and facilitate partnerships with world-leading medical institutions up and down the East Coast.

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Fellowship Reports

The following are samples of past and current Fellowship Reports: [outofthebox dir=”/Fellowship Reports/Polish Fellowship Reports” mode=”gallery” ext=”gif|jpg|jpeg|png|bmp” viewrole=”administrator|editor|author|contributor|subscriber|guest” crop=”1″ targetheight=”100″ roottext=”CMCF”] Janusz Bohosiewicz, M.D. Work Location: Silesian Academy of Medicine Specialty: Pediatric Surgeon Training Period: 1991 Training Location – Children’s […]

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Journals and Textbooks

CMCF disseminates medical journals and textbooks that had not been readily available to physicians in Poland and other countries where CMCF provides Fellowships. Translation of certain textbooks was also funded in past years.

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CMCF-Training Partnerships

CMCF has developed partnerships with leading medical institutions throughout Poland to support promising young pediatric specialists to the latest pediatric advances in terms of scientific knowledge, treatment techniques and best practices.

CMCF does this by funding and arranging supplemental training and skill-building opportunities for pediatric specialists from Poland at medical universities and institutions in USA, Western Europe and other international sites. Over time, CMCF has been able to develop a self-sustaining cycle of educational excellence, close to where care is needed most.

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Fellowship Selection Committees

CMCF has created partnerships with specialty-specific pediatric societies to create Fellowship Selection Committees to review and recommend candidates for CMCF training. These Committees also provide a vehicle for ongoing country relations to develop and implement a joint training program to support the overall country pediatric medical needs.

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Polish Pediatric Program

To date, CMCF has provided funding and arranged logistics for over 190 intensive medical trainings stays, known as fellowships, to some of the most promising physicians from Poland to gain exposure and expertise to the latest practices in Neonatal and Pediatric medicine has to offer-in terms of scientific knowledge, treatment techniques and best practices. The CMCF medical training program for pediatricians has grown from the early years to include many pediatric medical specializations.

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