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Global Child Health teams at SickKids celebrate Canada 150+

SickKids is proud to be a part of Canada’s contribution to improving the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents around the world. As one of the world’s foremost paediatric health-care institutions and Canada’s leading centre dedicated to advancing children’s health, SickKids is in a unique position to make an impact on a global level.

On Canada’s 150th birthday, the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health (C-GCH) staff is showcasing their Canadian pride and sharing their thoughts on how we can continue to contribute to better and healthier lives for children and families.

Photo of the International Program Evaluation (IPE) team
Meet the IPE team: (left to right) Dr. Diego Bassani, Principal Investigator at C-GCH, Dr. Farhana Zareef, Jean-Luc Kortenaar, Katie McLaughlin, Dr. Kristy Hackett, Russanthy Velummailum, Catherine Meh, Dr. Britt McKinnon. Not pictured: Stefanie Garneau.


The International Program Evaluation (IPE) Unit at C-GCH, led by Dr. Diego Bassani and his team, aims to improve international health programs, systems and policies in low and middle-income countries through research and evaluation. IPE provides technical support to implementing agencies, governments and funders in the area of program evaluation.

Members of the IPE team share their thoughts on how Canada can continue to be a leader in global child health for Canada 150+.

“As Canadians, we have readily available access to education and opportunity. As such, I feel we have an obligation to utilize these privileges and blaze a trail for the improvement of women and children’s health internationally. We can be a leader in this field by pooling our collective knowledge and resources, and proactively making a difference," says Stefanie Garneau, Centre Project Coordinator at C-GCH.

"Canada can be a global leader by investing in maternal and child health initiatives both at home and abroad. It can demonstrate its leadership internationally by funding evidence-based health programs, and by working with local governments to improve the quality and reach of existing health services. Canadian leadership can also be demonstrated at home by continuing to welcome and support refugee families, tackling the social determinants of health in Canada, and by prioritizing the needs of women and children in Canada’s indigenous communities,”says Dr. Kristy Hackett, Research Associate, IPE, C-GCH.

 “Canada, at this critical moment in history, should set an example by continuing to exercise its leadership in international development assistance. Canada will make us all proud by promoting transparency and accountability in developmental assistance, ensuring that the focus on improving health and survival continues, and by ensuring positive impact in people’s health and wellbeing is the only acceptable outcome of international assistance,” says Dr. Diego Bassani, Scientist at C-GCH and Director of IPE Unit.

Learn more about the International Program Evaluation (IPE) Unit.