Outreach and Collaboration
It takes a global village
The Global Health Unit aims to develop collaborative partnerships supporting projects in low resource settings (both locally and internationally) that contribute to enriched patient care in our department and for our partners. The Global Health Unit also values collaborative institutional partnerships in global health.
- Global Health Office of Anesthesia at Dalhousie University
- Global Surgery Office at Dalhousie University
- Dalhousie Global Health Office
- IWK Global Health Committee
- International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)
- The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC)
- ALARM International (SOGC)
- World Health Organization – Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health
- Canadian Network for International Surgery
- Canadian Partnerships for Women and Children's Health (CanWaCH)
North End Community Health Centre/Mobile Outreach Street Health
The mission of the NECHC is to support North End Halifax to be a health community by offering leadership in primary health care through health services, education, community development, outreach and advocacy. We have partnered with NECHC to corrdinate monthly cervical cancer screening (Pap) clinics at the centre. A group of residents and staff work alongside NECHC to create a comfortable space for this important service.
Phoenix is a community based organization located in Halifax. It provides supports and services to young people between the ages of 16-24 who are homeless to help them find a better path, and counseling supports to youth aged 11-24 and their families. We have partnered with Poenix to deliver monthly educational sessions on reproductive and obstetrical care to its clients.
Adsum is a non-profit, community-based organization working to improve hte quality of life for marginalized individuals and families. Its mission is to support women, children, youth and transgender persons in a client-centred, non-judgemental way; to provide services and housing - from crisis to stability - through short and longer term housing, programs and resources that offer safety and an opportunity for growth; to advocate for women and children, and to work to eliminate poverty and the societal conditions that create homelessness. We have partnered with Adsum to deliver educational sesions on reproductive and obstetrical care to its clients.
Kybele is a non-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to improving childbirth safety worldwide through educational partnerships. The role of Kybele is to bring professional medical teams into host countries, to work alongside doctors and nurses in their home hospitals, to improve healthcare standards. Kybele volunteers model teamwork and compassion in real life and death situations, sharing knowledge when it matters the most. A team from Dalhousie, including members from our Department, have partnered on a Kybele project in Cape Coast, Ghana where several initiatives are underway to improve the quality of maternal newborn care provided. A local Quality Improvement Action Group has been formed and the Kybele team is working closely with Group members to identify key areas for improvement that will significantly impact outcomes.
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the Department of Anesthesia at Dalhousie University are partnering with Western University (London, Ontario) on a project funded by Global Affairs Canada (formerly DFATD): “Training, Support and Access Model for MNCH in Rwanda and Burundi”. This project seeks to strengthen systems to improve access to health services and improve health care delivery through training and support of health care workers. As part of this project, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the Department of Anesthesia at Dalhousie have proposed a collaboration to develop and implement mentorship programs to support the implementation of the Safe Childbirth Checklist in Rwanda.
University of Rwanda
The University of Rwanda College of Medicine and Health Sciences has hosted several electives for Dalhousie Obstetrics & Gynaecology residents. It is hoped that this partnership can continue to grow with Dalhousie residents developing joint research projects with Rwandan residents.