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Centre for Global Child Health

Year in Review

Allison Daniel in Malawi

A Look Back at 2016-2017

In 2016-17, the Centre continued to strengthen its academic leadership in the global child health community and expand its operations as a growing Centre. The global community continued to focus on global child health priorities and challenges within the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and welcomed the Government of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy targeting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls globally.

2016-17 Highlights included:

Education & Community Outreach Activities:

  • The Global Child Health Fellowship program, the first in Canada to concentrate on preparing candidates for careers in global child health, had three Global Child Health Fellows with the Centre in 2016-17.
  • The Centre continued its role as Secretariat for The Coalition of Centres in Global Child Health and the Home-Fortification Technical Advisory Group (HF-TAG).
  • The Centre launched the International Program Evaluation (IPE) Unit to provide technical support and expertise to implementing agencies, governments and funders in the areas of design and evaluation of large-scale programs.
  • The Centre held an inception meeting to launch an evidence synthesis and case study initiative on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition in conflict settings with a consortium of international academic partners, the WHO and other UN agencies and humanitarian organizations.
  • Significant involvement in the new Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) and UN Every Woman Every Child activities.
  • The Global Leadership Series (GLS) – a periodic forum for topical discussion in global child health led by world class speakers. Watch videos of the past sessions here
  • Weekly Seminar Rounds – 44 sessions on a variety of topics with attendance average of 35 per session for a total attendance of approximately 1,540.

Grants and publications:

  • 16 new major grants were received by Centre for Global Child Health researchers and project teams. In all, Centre members published 111 peer-reviewed research publications.

International Program Evaluation (IPE) Unit:

  • In 2016-17, the IPE Unit partnered with seven Canadian-based international NGOs to provide technical support on program implementation, evaluation and lead operational research projects in 10 countries. The IPE Unit aims to improve international health programs, systems and policies in low and middle-income countries through research and evaluation.

Specialized Newborn Care Education (SNCE):

  • The Centre, in partnership with Amref Health Africa in Canada, developed a three-week specialized newborn care education course on interventions for life-threatening complications during the neonatal period for frontline health workers in Ethiopia, Malawi and Tanzania, as part of The Canada-Africa Initiative to Address Maternal, Newborn and Child Mortality (CAIA-MNCM), a program implemented by a consortium of Canadian organizations over a four-year period from March 2016 to March 2020, funded by Global Affairs Canada.

SickKids-Ghana Paediatric Nursing Education Partnership:

  • The Centre in partnership with the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives, the Ghana Ministry of Health, and Ghana Health Service with funding from Global Affairs Canada and SickKids Foundation, expanded its paediatric nursing education program to Tamale and Kumasi in 2016-17. The goal of the SickKids-Ghana Paediatric Nursing Education Partnership is to train 500 paediatric nurses by 2020.

Capacity Building in Nutrition:

  • The SickKids Public Health Nutrition Course, an online open access course for health-care practitioners and students in low-and-middle income countries, had more than 1,000 users in more than 100 countries enrolled in its first year.
  • In 2016-17, the Centre collaborated with the East, Central and South African Health Community (ECSA) to develop a comprehensive nutrition training curriculum for frontline workers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

SickKids-Caribbean Initiative (SCI):

Read the SickKids 2016-2017 Annual Report.

 


 

Nursing training in Ghana

A Look Back at 2015-2016

2015-16 was an important year for global child health. The Centre for Global Child Health and global community welcomed the United Nations (UN) new Sustainable Development Goals (2015-2030) and was involved throughout the year in supporting the UN’s new Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents' Health. Our members were recognized for their contributions to global child health, including many publications, awards and participation at major conferences throughout the year.

2015-16 Highlights included:

Education & Community Outreach Activities:

  • The Global Child Health Fellowship program, the first in Canada to concentrate on preparing candidates for careers in global child health, selected two Global Child Health Fellows for 2015-16 to commence fellowships with the Centre.
  • The Centre co-hosted the Canadian Launch of the 2015 Global Nutrition Report with Micronutrient Initiative and GAIN Canada at the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning. The event welcomed a panel of nutrition experts who presented key findings from the Report and explored Canada’s role in improving global nutrition.
  • The Centre continued its role as Secretariat for The Coalition of Centres in Global Child Health, which has grown to include over 40 global child health academic and programmatic institutions from around the world.
  • The Centre actively participated in the inaugural Maternal and Newborn Health conference in Mexico City. As the first conference following the UN’s adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, the meeting offered an opportunity to strategize on how to meet the new post-2015 health goals.
  • Global Leadership Series (GLS) is a periodic forum for topical discussion in global child health led by world class speakers. Watch videos of the past sessions here
  • Weekly Research Seminar Rounds – 42 sessions on a variety of topics with attendance average of 30 per session for a total attendance of approximately 1,260.

Grants and publications:

  • 23 new major grants were received by Centre for Global Child Health researchers and project teams. In all, Centre members published 119 peer-reviewed research publications.

SickKids Public Health Nutrition Course:

  • The Centre launched the first online, open access public health nutrition course to increase availability of nutrition training to health care-providers worldwide. By leveraging the Centre’s expertise and international networks, the course exposes participants to key issues in public health nutrition with an emphasis on maternal and child nutrition. Learn more at learn.sickkidsglobal.ca.

SickKids-Ghana Paediatric Nursing Education Partnership:

  • In early 2015, the Centre partnered with the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives, the Ghana Ministry of Health, and Ghana Health Service to expand a paediatric nursing education program to three sites (Accra, Kuamsi & Tamale) to contribute to the Ghanaian led vision of training 1,500 nurses by 2020. The first training site launched in Spring 2016.

SickKids-Caribbean Initiative (SCI):

Read the SickKids 2015-2016 Annual Report.

 


 

A Look back at 2014-2015  global leadership series

2014-15 was a significant year for global child health. In addition to operational successes and many publications and awards achieved by our members, the global community focused attention on global child health issues with the impending culmination of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in September 2015 and the setting of the post-2015 development agenda.

2014-15 Highlights included:

Education & Community Outreach Activities:

  • Global Child Health Fellowship program – the first in Canada to concentrate on preparing candidates for careers in global child health with a goal to create an exceptional training program that will serve to develop leadership and expertise in working with paediatric populations, and their families, in resource-poor settings throughout the world.
  • Global Leadership Series (GLS) – a periodic forum for topical discussion in global child health led by world class speakers.
  • Coalition of Centres in Global Child Health conceptualized and initiated by the Centre. Fifty representatives from academic and programmatic institutions around the world gathered at SickKids to discuss global collaboration on October 28, 2014. The Centre hosts the secretariat for the Coalition.
  • Quantitative Methods Café – series of workshops and seminars on quantitative methods, including biostatistics and epidemiology topics.
    Weekly Research Seminar Rounds – 42 sessions on a variety of topics with attendance average of 18 per session for a total attendance of 778.
  • Significant involvement with CAN-MNCH and UN Every Woman Every Child activities.
  • The Centre co-hosted the World Child Symposium with the Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development, University of Toronto.

Grants and publications:

  • 11 new major grants were received by Centre for Global Child Health researchers and project teams.
    In all, Centre members published 87 peer-reviewed research publications.

Scaling up paediatric nursing education in Ghana:

  • In late 2014, SickKids welcomed Government of Canada funding to scale up the SickKids-Ghana Paediatric Nursing Training Program. The SickKids Centre for Global Child Health was granted $9,465,000 CAD from Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada to scale up the program from 2014-2019. Read more here.

SickKids-Caribbean Initiative (SCI):

Read the SickKids 2014-2015 Annual Report.

 


 

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Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, Global Child Health Day 2014

A Look Back at 2013-14 

In its inaugural year, the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health established a strong, highly motivated and collaborative research group and capacity building team. 

The Centre embarked on a number of ambitious knowledge translation activities including the initiation of a consortium of global centres for Global Child Health. 

We actively participated in the the Muskoka Initiative on MNCH, announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the 36th G8 Summit (2010). We established many new collaborations, including with UNICEF, the Micronutrient Initiative, National Cancer Institute and more.
 

2013-14 Highlights included:

Education & Community Outreach activities included the following:

  • SickKids Global Child Health Day 2014 welcomed approximately 175 guests (students, researchers, SickKids staff and general public) to the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning for panel discussions and presentations from the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others, exploring the theme of Global Adolescent Health.
  • Toronto launch of The Lancet Series on Childhood Pneumonia and Diarrhea, funded through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was led by Aga Khan University in collaboration with SickKids, Johns Hopkins University, Boston University, UNICEF and WHO. This event presented key findings from the Series and explored Canada’s role in eliminating preventable deaths from childhood pneumonia and diarrhea, globally.
  • Centre-members led the panel for CIHR-funded -  Café Scientifique – “It’s a Small World After All – Global Child Health leads to a Better World.”
  • Hosted several graduate students and MBA interns.
  • Well-attended weekly research rounds.

Grants and publications:

  • Ten new major grants were received by Centre for Global Child Health researchers and project teams.
  • In all, Centre members published 50 peer-reviewed research publications.

Successful completion of the five-year DFATD-SickKids Global Child Health Program including:

  • Ethiopia-SickKids Paediatric Nurse Practitioner Training Programme (PNPTP) - Masters of Nursing component at Addis Ababa University - 38 students completed program;
  • Amref-SickKids Neonatal Care Management Training (NCMT) in Tanzania - In partnership with Amref Health Africa, 20 health professionals completed the program;
  • Ghana-SickKids Paediatric Nursing Training Programme (PNTP) - Partners included Ministry of Health, University of Ghana, Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana. 153 Paediatric Nurse Specialists graduated (including five faculty) and 69 are currently in training;
  • Public Engagement Action Strategy engaging the Canadian public in support of transformative change in global child health  - engaging the Canadian global health community and raising awareness among children and young people across Canada.

Operational launch of SickKids-Caribbean Initiative: Enhancing Capacity for Care in Paediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders: 

  • Telemedicine Sites built and launched in The Bahamas and Barbados;
  • Monthly case consultation review rounds established;
  • Six multi-partner working groups established.