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Centre for Global Child Health

Global child health is the health and well-being of children everywhere, independent of geographic borders. SickKids Centre for Global Child Health provides a dedicated hub for global child health-focused activities and connects researchers and health-care professionals around the world.

The Centre is dedicated to improving the lives of children and their families in resource-poor environments through collaboration in ground-breaking research, sustainable capacity building through education, and by informing policy through the active use of advocacy, knowledge synthesis and knowledge translation.

We're proud to endorse the United Nations’ Every Woman, Every Child Global Strategy, and to be a part of Canada’s contribution to improving the health and rights of women and children around the world. As one of the world’s top 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.


Learn how leading child health experts are addressing challenges through collaborative, innovative research.

Capacity Building

Our capacity building projects focus on collaborative and sustainable paediatric health workforce training and education programs.

Knowledge Synthesis, Translation and Advocacy

Our initiatives, partnerships and networks are focused on the translation and management of knowledge to impact child health policy.

Fellowships and Student Opportunities

We offer fellowships and student placements to prepare the next generation of leaders in global child health, as well as free courses to expand availability of training to health-care workers worldwide.

Addressing global challenges in child health

Centre leadership

Dr. Stanley Zlotkin is the inaugural Chief of the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health and provides oversight for all Centre activities. Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta is the Inaugural Robert Harding Chair in Global Child Health at SickKids and directs research activities for the Centre. Both are world-renowned experts in maternal, newborn and child health. Brian Smith directs the Centre’s capacity building activities.

We share SickKids' vision: Healthier Children. A Better World.

Our mission is to directly and indirectly improve the lives of children and their families in resource poor environments through collaboration in ground-breaking research, sustainable capacity building through education, and by informing policy through the active use of advocacy, knowledge synthesis and knowledge translation.

Strategic objectives

  1. Foster an environment to support focused research and communicate the findings through channels that inform the global evidence base and development agenda.
  2. Improve health systems through the development and delivery of targeted capacity building through education programs where there is a clear match between local needs and SickKids expertise.
  3. Act as an academic partner to external organizations to advise on interventions, implementation design and monitoring and evaluation.
  4. Advocate for improved global child health and identify areas for growth that leverage existing strengths through strategic partnership and collaboration.

We are committed to gender equality.

In 2021, the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health launched the ‘Gender Equality Framework’. The Framework was created in line with the Centre’s role as an active member of the Canadian and global health community, and reconfirmed the Centre’s commitment to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The Framework includes a set of commitments, actions and measures that will be used to set targets and monitor progress. Using this Framework as a guide, the Centre will support the advancement of gender equality both within and outside of our organization. Read the full ‘Gender Equality Framework’ (PDF). 

Latest news

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December 19, 2022

SickKids team identifies promising pathways to improve metabolic function in malnourished children

New research by SickKids team unravels the metabolic disturbances that affect malnourished children.

Drs. Zulfiqar Bhutta and Mike Tyers

November 15, 2022

Drs. Zulfiqar Bhutta and Mike Tyers named Highly Cited Researchers for 2022

SickKids scientists Drs. Zulfiqar Bhutta and Mike Tyers have been named to Clarivate’s list of Highly Cited Researchers for 2022.

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May 5, 2022

Nutrition International and SickKids research team to develop new data collection tools to identify threats to health and nutrition in emergency situations

SickKids and Nutrition International are joining forces to help identify data gaps and address the threats to health and nutrition information in low and middle-income countries.

Contact us

For questions or more information about the Centre, please email us at, and follow us on Twitter @SickKidsGlobal and LinkedIn.


Centre for Global Child Health 
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) 
525 University Avenue, Suite 702 
Toronto, ON, M5G 2L3

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