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.
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.
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.
- Foster an environment to support focused research and communicate the findings through channels that inform the global evidence base and development agenda.
- 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.
- Act as an academic partner to external organizations to advise on interventions, implementation design and monitoring and evaluation.
- 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).
December 7, 2021
New research by SickKids addresses the growing problem of global childhood malnutrition by looking at how supplementing micronutrients can impact gut health in young children in a global context.
September 8, 2021
Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta was named the recipient of the 2021 Roux Prize, recognized for his research and public policy contributions to global maternal and child health and nutrition.
May 27, 2021
SickKids is working together with the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives, Ghana Health Service and Ghana Ministry of Health to assist their response to COVID-19.