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Past Projects

SickKids-Ethiopia Perioperative Nursing Training Programme (PoNT) 

SickKids-Ethiopia PoNT seeks to help develop and sustainably transform perioperative nursing throughout the country through strengthening local health systems and building a strong foundation for future collaborations with nursing, surgical and academic leaders.

Our partners and stakeholders include:

  • Surgical Society of Ethiopia
  • Addis Ababa University School of Allied Health Science, Department of Nursing and Midwifery

Impact: 

More than 60 nurses trained through enrollment and completion of the paediatric perioperative nurse training course.

DFATD-SickKids Global Child Health Programs (2009-2014)

Between 2009-2014, DFATD-SickKids Global Child Health Program delivered innovative educational programs for health workers through collaborative partnerships in Ghana, Ethiopia and Tanzania, with the objectives of:

  1. Designing, developing and delivering paediatric health worker training;
  2. Strengthening the capacity of paediatric health-care systems;
  3. Promoting sustainable leadership in child health.

SickKids-Ghana Paediatric Nursing Training Program

In 2011-2013 SickKids partnered with the University of Ghana and the Ministry of Health, Ghana, to start the first specialized paediatric nurse education program - the first of its kind in West Africa.

Partners and stakeholders

  • Ministry of Health, Ghana
  • Ghana Health Service
  • School of Nursing, University of Ghana
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana
  • Korle Bu Teaching Hospital

Impact

SickKids-Ghana Paediatric Nursing Training Program resulted in an initial cadre of 223 nurses trained in paediatrics across 10 regions of 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 2015-2020. Learn more about the SickKids-Ghana Paediatric Nursing Education Partnership (PNEP).

SickKids-Ethiopia Paediatric Nurse Practitioner Training Programme

In 2011-2013 SickKids partnered with Addis Ababa University School of Allied Health Science, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, for the curriculum development and delivery of three interactive courses toward the launch of the paediatric nursing specialty-track within the Masters of Science (MSc) in Nursing program. 

SickKids supported the first two cycles of the paediatric nursing specialty-track - the first of its kind in Ethiopia - for students enrolled in the program in 2011 and 2012. Addis Ababa University faculty continue to teach the paediatric nursing specialty track.

The three specialty-track courses focused on advanced clinical knowledge and the integration of leadership concepts for advanced paediatric nursing practice:

  1. Primary Health Care of Neonates, Infants Children and Adolescents.
  2. Advanced Management of Common Acute Paediatric Problems.
  3. Advanced Management of Common Paediatric Problems.

Impact

  • Collaborative curriculum development of three interactive paediatric nursing specialty-track courses focused on advanced clinical knowledge and the integration of leadership concepts toward advanced paediatric nursing practice.
  • 37 nurses completed the paediatric nursing specialty-track within the MSc Nursing, Addis Ababa University.
  • The majority of specialty-track graduates have since been deployed as nursing faculty at Universities across Ethiopia.

SickKids-Amref Neonatal Care Management Training (NCMT) in Tanzania

Through a collaborative partnership with Amref Health Africa (Amref), SickKids led the development and delivery of Neonatal Care Management Training (NCMT) in Shinyanga Regional Hospital in northern Tanzania.

In Tanzania, 50 children under the age of one die for every 1,000 live births. Lack of access to medical care is one of the biggest challenges facing mothers and newborns in the Shinyanga region, where only 39 per cent of deliveries are assisted by a trained health professional.

The Amref-SickKids NCMT curriculum was developed in collaboration with the SickKids Neonatology Program and tailored to the clinical priorities identified by our partners and stakeholders in Tanzania. Amref-SickKids NCMT employed a train-the-trainer model, focused on coaching participating physicians, assistant medical officers and nursing professionals in the clinical setting.

Impact

  • Improved capacity of regional and district-level trainers in neonatal care management - 20 physicians, assistant medical officers and nursing professionals completed the NCMT over two delivery cycles in 2013.
  • Integration of neonatal care management into training and practice at six regional and district-level health centres.

Public Engagement Action Strategy, Canada

Engaging the Canadian public in support of transformative change in global child health - supporting Canada’s commitment to MDG #4: reducing under-five mortality by two thirds, by 2015 - with specific emphasis on engaging the Canadian global health community and in raising awareness among children and young people across Canada
Increasing awareness of Canada’s role in strengthening child health systems in low and middle income countries around the world.

Impact

  • Global Health Community engagement events including annual SickKids Global Child Health Day and the Global Health Discussion Forum series.
  • Youth engagement through the SchoolKids and KidGlobal presentation series delivered in schools, day camps and community centres, engaging 1400 + students and over 100 community leaders.
  • Social and digital media engagement campaign, online resources and toolkit.
    Development and promotion of an educational video series

Please see Capacity Building in Africa for current DFATD funded programs.