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Centre for Global Child Health

Mission, Vision and Governance

Mission: The SickKids Centre for Global Child Health will directly and indirectly improve the lives of children and their families in resource poor environments through collaboration in ground-breaking research, sustainable capacity building through education, and by informing policy through the active use of advocacy, knowledge synthesis and knowledge translation.

Vision: The SickKids Centre for Global Child Health shares the vision of The Hospital for Sick Children:
Healthier Children. A Better World.TM

Strategic Objectives: 

  1. Foster an environment to support focused research and communicate the findings through channels that inform the global evidence base and development agenda.
  2. Improve health systems through the development and delivery of targeted capacity building through education programs where there is a clear match between local needs and SickKids expertise.
  3. Act as an academic partner to external organizations to advise on interventions, implementation design and monitoring and evaluation.
  4. Advocate for improved global child health and identify areas for growth that leverage existing strengths through strategic partnership and collaboration.

Governance: 

The SickKids Centre for Global Child Health’s Executive Committee Members include:

  • Dr. Stanley Zlotkin, Chief, Centre for Global Child Health
  • Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, Co-Director, Centre for Global Child Health
  • Ms. Pamela Hubley, Chief, Professional Practice and Nursing
  • Dr. Grant Stirling, Vice President, Major Gifts, SickKids Foundation
  • Dr. Melanie Barwick, Head and Senior Scientist, Child and Youth Mental Health Research Unit
  • Ms. Gwen Burrows, Executive Director, Communications & Public Affairs and Advocacy, Corporate Strategy & Performance
  • Dr. Diego Bassani, Epidemiologist, Paediatric Medicine Division
  • Mr. Brian Smith, Director, Capacity Building, Centre for Global Child Health
  • Mr. Colin Hennigar, Associate Director, Major Gifts, SickKids Foundation

Mandate of the Executive Committee: The SickKids Centre for Global Child Health Executive Committee will provide oversight of the Centre through the identification and implementation of its strategic priorities, and the application of its financial and human resources to achieve those priorities.The Executive Committee bears the ultimate responsibility and decision making authority for the Centre.  Annual reporting of the Centre is overseen by the Centre Review Council.