Dr. Lia Harris

Dr. Harris is a general pediatrician who has taught newborn resuscitation in high income settings for over 20 years. While on a deployment with MedGlobal in the Rohingya refugee camp in 2018 she learned that neonatal resuscitation was identified as an area of high need in the region. Dr. Harris led a MedGlobal team to take the first Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) training program to Cox’s Bazar the following year; a team of seven taught over 200 midwives, nurses, and doctors, 28 of whom were trained as trainers. Since then, Dr. Harris has taught HBB in person in Yemen in the train-the-trainer model and represented MedGlobal on a Gates’ grant research project led by the American Academy of Pediatrics, piloting remote newborn resuscitation training in Cox’s Bazar in 2021. Dr. Harris now works 6 months of the year for Médecins Sans Frontières, and 6 months in Canada, but still has the opportunity to volunteer for MedGlobal’s newborn resuscitation team, most recently in Idlib, Syria, in October.