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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.

For Canada 150+, SickKids is looking back at the unique moments that have shaped SickKids and the nation. The SickKids Centre for Global Child Health (C-GCH) is proud to be a part of this 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.

Specialized Newborn Care Education Team
Meet the SNCE Team:(left to right) Brian Smith, Laura Lewis-Watts, Hasan Merali and Stephanie de-Young. Not pictured: Frances Barry and Jae Ho Lee


Despite global progress in reducing child mortality by more than half from 2000-2015, 2.7 million newborn deaths still occur each year, with the majority in Sub-Saharan Africa. Many of these deaths are preventable. The Specialized Newborn Care Education (SNCE) team at C-GCH, in partnership with Amref Health Africa in Canada and a consortium of Canadian organizations are working together to help reduce maternal, child and neonatal mortality in 20 districts across Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania, as part of the Global Affairs Canada-funded Canada-Africa Initiative to Address Maternal, Newborn and Child Mortality (CAIA-MNCM).

The SNCE team developed a three-week training course on interventions for life-threatening complications during the neonatal period for frontline healthcare workers involved in newborn care in Ethiopia, Malawi and Tanzania. In collaboration with the Amref Health Africa teams based in these countries, SickKids Nursing and Medical Education Specialists are co-facilitating the delivery of the education with local partners, including trainers from the ministries of health in these countries.

Jae Ho Lee, Nurse educator teaching in Malawi
Jae Ho Lee, Nurse Educator at C-GCH teaching the importance of breast feeding in newborn care at the SNCE training in Malawi
Frances Barry, Nurse Educator teaching in Malawi
Frances Barry, Nurse Educator at C-GCH teaching Essential Care for Every Baby with students at the SNCE training in Malawi


SNCE team members share their excitement for Canada’s role in the next 150+ years to help newborns everywhere have the same opportunity to survive and thrive as they do in Canada.

 “In the next 150 years I see Canada as promoting a progressive global child health agenda which includes an emphasis on gender equality and the empowerment of communities to address broader social determinants of health that affect the health of children and families,” says Laura Lewis-Watts, a Project Manager at C-GCH.

“Growing up in Canada, I have always felt that equity, universality, and collaboration to be core values of our health care system. As part of an increasingly globalized society, health, especially child health, needs to be reframed in the global context. Canadians, particularly students and youth, have the opportunity as leaders to make a significant impact on improving lives around the world through collaboration with the global community,” says Jae Ho Lee, a Nurse Educator at C-GCH.

Learn more about Specialized Newborn Care Education (SNCE).