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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.

Photo of Dr. Shaun Morris' research team
Meet Dr. Shaun Morris’ team: (left to right) Dr. Shaun Morris, Principal Investigator at C-GCH, Caitlyn Hui, Kitty Ma, Nadine Francis, Ryan Giroux and Dr. Lisa Pell.

 

Born and raised in Ontario, Morris developed a passion for global health through his travels and experience working abroad as a medical student and paediatric resident. Combining his passion with his work at SickKids as an infectious disease specialist, Morris' research focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of infectious diseases and childhood morbidity and mortality in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Morris is the co-developer of a low-cost integrated newborn survival kit, which aims to reduce or provide early identification of the most common causes of newborn deaths in LMICs, such as infections and complications related to premature birth and low birth weight. Morris and his team have recently conducted studies of the kit in remote areas of Pakistan and Kenya.

Here at home at SickKids, Morris and co-PI Dr. Ian Kitai are working with the SickKids TB team, collaborators across the country, and students to undertake studies that aim to identify all tuberculosis (TB) cases in children in Canada and improve the care and outcomes for children with tuberculosis. In another study based in the SickKids Family Travel Health Clinic, Morris works with the Travel Health team and collaborators to identify factors that keep children and their families healthy during travel to foreign countries.

Morris and his team share their thoughts on Canada's role in advancing the health and rights of women and children around the world.

“Canada’s continued investment in reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health will help solidify our nations’ place at the forefront of global initiatives that aim to improve the lives of women and children.  I’m hopeful that Canada will continue to play a leadership role in promoting equitable and sustained health, globally, " says Dr. Lisa Pell, Senior Associate Researcher and Program Director of the Fellowship Program at C-GCH.

“As global citizens, we all have the responsibility to promote access to healthcare and reduce health inequity. Canada is contributing to the establishment of stronger and more self-sustainable healthcare systems in developing countries," says Kitty Ma, a Research Summer Student from the University of Hong Kong. Kitty is studying the incidence and prevalence of congenital infections, such as Zika, Rubella, and Toxoplasmosis in South Asia.

“Canada has both the opportunity and the responsibility to use our resources and capacity to improve child health throughout the world. As a nation, we can be a leader over the next 150 years to help monitor disparities within child health, support innovative ways to overcome them, and to empower other nations to address those disparities," says Ryan Giroux, a Paediatric Resident at SickKids. Ryan is working on two projects that look at the factors that influence patients with latent TB and their families’ understanding of the treatment that is received, and also identifying the epidemiology and clinical history of childhood TB in Canada.

 “The world is effectively becoming smaller every year. Events that happen on the other side of the world- an outbreak, an idea, a conflict, a technological advance- can change the world for good or bad. There’s no better way to ensure a positive future for ourselves, our children, and future generations than to work towards optimizing health, education and security for children and young people around the world," says Dr. Shaun Morris, Principal Investigator at C-GCH.

Learn more about some of the team's recent work:

A Toolkit to Save Newborn Lives (Pakistan)

An Integrated Toolkit to Save Newborn Lives and Brains (Kenya)

Latent Tuberculosis and Window Prophylaxis: Characterizing Perception and Knowledge of Illness, Treatment, Side Effects, and Adverse Reaction Protocol in a Paediatric Population