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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 wellbeing 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.

To celebrate Canada 150+, SickKids is looking back at the unique moments that have shaped SickKids and our nation. The SickKids Centre for Global Child Health (C-GCH) is proud to be a part of Canada’s history.  Read on to learn about the past, present and future leaders working in Canada to improve the lives of children and their families in resource poor environments around the world.

Photo of PNEP team in Canada
Meet the Paediatric Nursing Education Partnership (PNEP) team from Canada: (left to right) Mary Douglas, Karla Wentzel, Barbara Couper, Ingy El-Nadoury, Roxana Salehi, Stephanie de Young, Nik Agarwal, Brian Smith, Veronica Segbedzie, Jodi Pipes, Michelle Dowling. Not pictured: Dr. Isaac Odame, Bonnie Stevens, Bonnie Fleming-Carroll, Karin Zekveld, Nancy Butt, Marcail Christian and Jane Stuart-Minaret.


Building on the success of the SickKids-Ghana Paediatric Nursing Training Program (2010-2014), the SickKids-Ghana Paediatric Nursing Education Partnership (PNEP), implemented by the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health in partnership with the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives, Ghana Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Services, aims to reduce preventable deaths and improve wellbeing for newborns and children in Ghana by building the capacity of training institutions to scale-up and sustain delivery of paediatric nursing education in Ghana.

To enable the implementation of PNEP, partners welcomed funding from the Government of Canada and SickKids Foundation to scale up paediatric nursing education nationally in Ghana. 

Contributing to the Government of Ghana’s goal of training and retaining 1,500 paediatric nurses by 2025, PNEP has been working with health system partners to develop and deliver a one-year specialized paediatric nursing education program at the Ghana College of Nurses & Midwives. Through this program’s competency-based curriculum and clinical practicums, nursing students will strengthen their knowledge and skills in identifying, treating and preventing various paediatric-related illnesses and emergencies and become agents of change for paediatric nursing in Ghana.

To date, PNEP has successfully launched programming in three different cities across Ghana: Accra, Tamale and Kumasi. In the fall of 2017, the program in Accra and Tamale will be welcoming their second cohort of nursing students.

See how the PNEP team is helping to create future leaders in global child health.


Photo of PNEP nurse educators in Accra, Ghana
Canadian and Ghanaian PNEP educators, (left to right) Jane Stuart-Minaret, Gloria Kadi, Mary Douglas and Jodi Pipes, teaching neonatal resuscitation techniques during a clinical conference in Accra, Ghana.
Photo of nurse educator teaching on a simulation
Nurse Educator, Kathy Boehmer, helping students identify abnormal heart and lung sounds on a simulated patient in Tamale, Ghana.
Photo of PNEP Ghanaian and Canadian partners at launch of second site in Tamale
Centre project members: Brian Smith (far left), Bonnie Fleming-Carroll (centre) and Dr. Isaac Odame (far right) with representatives from the High Commission of Canada in Ghana, , the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana,) and the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives (GCNM) in Tamale, Ghana at the launch of PNEP’s second education site.
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C-GCH Nurse Educators, Jodi Pipes, Karla Wentzel and Kathy Boehmer with local faculty in Tamale, Ghana.


“Canada is a shining example of a caring and inclusive multi-cultural society that cherishes the common aspirations of all peoples while recognizing our diversity. With these exemplary values, Canada is well-positioned to be a world leader in protecting the well-being and interests of all people, particularly women and children who are the most vulnerable,” says Dr. Isaac Odame, Medical Director of the Global Sickle Cell Network at C-GCH and Staff Physician, Division of Haematology/Oncology at The Hospital for Sick Children.

“Improving the lives of women and children throughout the world is important to ensure the health of our future global society. Canada can be a leader in this fight by creating equal opportunities for all women throughout our country and globally to be active members of society. Providing equal opportunities for women will lead to better outcomes for healthy and productive children, the future of our communities,” says Barbara Couper, a Fellow at C-GCH. Barbara’s work is focused on the education of nurses locally and internationally to improve health outcomes of children in primary and acute care settings.

“Canada can be a leader in improving the lives of women and children by continuing to do top-notch research and providing training in countries that need it so that they, too, can lead programs that improve the lives of women and children,” says Roxana Salehi, a Senior Research Associate at C-GCH.

“The Centre for Global Child Health is striving to build the capacity of health professionals in countries where opportunities for professional development is limited in way of resources. Working within existing structures in collaboration with local partners to enhance the current skill sets of seasoned nurses will expand their ability to provide evidenced based and family centred care with increased confidence, competency and autonomy. This will have a positive impact and better health outcomes on the lives of the women and children within their care,” says Jodi Pipes, a Nurse Educator at C-GCH.

 “In an increasingly interdependent world we cannot isolate ourselves from the stressors and struggles of other countries.  We are so fortunate to live in Canada and all the opportunity it affords us.  It is our responsibility to pay it forward for the betterment of children who we are borrowing this planet from,” says Nikhil Agarwal, a Program Manager at C-GCH.


Learn more about PNEP and some of their milestones:

Paediatric Nursing Education Partnership (PNEP)

SickKids-Ghana Paediatric Nursing Education Partnership expands education program to Tamale, Ghana

Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister of Canada visits the SickKids-Ghana Paediatric Nursing Education Partnership in Accra, Ghana