Attending the Latin American Pediatric Congress in Montevideo, Uruguay, this past November was no doubt one of the highlights of my Academy presidency. The enthusiasm, energy and gracious hospitality of our Latin American colleagues amaze me. Their commitment to the health of children is unwavering, and they remain upbeat and optimistic despite economic difficulties and high rates of unemployment in many Latin American countries.

The American Academy of Pediatrics can and should work with them toward our shared goal of improving child health. As you know, this world is getting smaller, and disease does not honor borders.

The meeting had special significance to me because of my personal and professional connections to Latin America. I served as special consultant to the World Health Organization in Latin America. My wife, Elaine, spent her early professional years training Latin American nurses in family planning. We lived in Cali, Colombia, for two years...

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