CHEO's role in global health
Globalization, international travel, and migration have led to significant changes in the health care of children worldwide, including in Canada. It has influenced the types of illnesses that we treat as well as the ways in which they present. Since the majority of the world’s children live in developing countries, education and awareness related to Global Child Health (GCH) issues is particularly important for all clinicians and trainees.
Broadly, Global Health has been defined as "the area of study, research and practice that places a priority of improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide" (Lancet 2009; 373).
Many CHEO pediatricians, pediatric residents and allied health care professionals have had longstanding interest in, and dedication to, the field of GCH. By incorporating GCH medical education, research and clinical work into their daily activities at the hospital, they deliver informed care for growing numbers of travelers, new immigrants, refugees and international adoptees. Overseas, they also pursue important global projects in the fields of medicine, surgery and pharmacy, clearly advocating for improved health care delivery and outcomes in maternal-child health. GCH advocacy continues at a national and international policy level with involvement in the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, neonatology alliances, migrant health guideline development and other pediatric HIV taskforces.
CHEO strives to contribute to the goal in which every child worldwide survives and thrives, reaching their full potential. The resources listed throughout this section of the website are hopefully a stepping stone to inspire clinicians and scientists to seek global opportunities to collaborate and capacity build through partnerships with other child health centers with similar visions.
Dr. Heather MacDonnell, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, DTMH (UK)
Director of Global Health, Department of Pediatrics, CHEO