Indigenous and Global Health

The SOGC is committed to advancing women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights at home and around the world, by addressing health inequities and promoting timely access to quality, culturally-safe care. The health of marginal and vulnerable populations is particularly at risk and requires increased attention to the social, cultural, and economic factors that can influence health outcomes. 

 

With the help of many SOGC member volunteers, the Indigenous and Global Health Program contributes the following areas of expertise:

  • Strengthening capacity of health centers to deliver quality Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care
  • Development and adaptation of clinical guidelines
  • Implementation of quality assurance tools and support mechanisms
  • Organizational capacity building of professional associations
  • Ensuring delivery of culturally-safe care
  • Advocacy and public education

 

The SOGC’s Indigenous and Global Health Initiatives:

  • Aboriginal Health Initiative
    • The SOGC works in collaboration with the Aboriginal community to advance culturally safe health and healing for First Nations, Inuit and Métis women. The Indigenous Women’s Health Committee of the SOGC is actively engaged in promoting health equity for Aboriginal women and offers their expertise to advance community-led projects and programs.
    • AboriginalSexualHealth.ca is an online space to bring together community members and health professionals working towards improved health for First Nations, Inuit and Métis women. It also provides valuable, culturally safe resources on sexual and reproductive health.
  • ALARM International Program
    • The SOGC’s ALARM International Program (AIP) is a program for health professionals who provide Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care in middle and low resource countries. The AIP 5-day training tool has been delivered in more than 30 countries around the world and has helped to increase the clinical skills of obstetricians/gynaecologists, nurses, midwives, and assistant medical officers, as well as the support provided by heath administrators.
    • The AIP is part of the SOGC’s series of Quality Care Programs and is based on the latest research and evidence in obstetric and neonatal care.
    • To evaluate the impact of the ALARM International Program, a randomized control trial called QUARITE was conducted in Senegal and Mali.
  • Partnering for the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality
    • The SOGC has a long history of working in partnership to strengthen the capacity of ob/gyn associations in low resource countries and to increase the clinical skills of health professionals, while promoting a sexual and reproductive rights-based approach throughout all our efforts to improve women’s health.
    • Since 1998, the SOGC has contributed to multiyear partnership projects in Uganda, Guatemala, Burkina Faso, Haiti, Mali, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Bangladesh, in an effort to contribute to the reduction of maternal mortality and morbidity globally. More information on the SOGC’s past international projects can be found on iwhp.sogc.org.
       
  • Partnering for the prevention of cervical cancer
    • From 2010-2016, the SOGC worked with the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Burkina Faso to improve and increase access to cervical cancer screening and treatment of pre-cancerous lesions.

 

The SOGC is currently working on partnership projects that aim to improve maternal and newborn health in the following countries:

Burundi

Led by the organization AMIE (Aide internationale à l’enfance), the project in Burundi aims to reduce maternal and child mortality by improving access to, and delivery of, essential health services by improving the skills of health workers in the district of Musaga. The initiative will also contribute to strengthening health systems and will focus on implementing a plan for the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission.

Democratic Republic of Congo

Led by Oxfam Québec, this project aims to reduce maternal and child mortality by improving access to, and delivery of, adapted health services for women and children and by increasing the skills of health workers. The initiative will contribute to strengthening health systems, building capacity among the professional ob/gyn association in DRC, and will also address the integrated management of childhood illness, access to family planning, and, at the community level, interventions to sensitize the public to issues related to maternal and child health.

Malawi

The Partnership for Strengthening Maternal Newborn Child Health Initiative aims to improve the health of mothers, pregnant women, newborns and children in targeted regions of Malawi. The initiative will strengthen health systems through improved sanitation and medical waste management at health facilities, and through improved capacity of health facility personnel. The initiative will be implemented by a consortium led by Cowater International Inc. in partnership with Plan International Canada and the SOGC.

South Sudan

The Strengthening Midwifery Services (SMS) project in South Sudan is led by the UNFPA in partnership with South Sudan’s Ministry of Health and the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM). The project aims to promote increased confidence, competency, and capacity to deliver quality care among health professionals in the country. The SOGC will provide technical expertise to develop curriculum and training materials in emergency obstetrics and surgery for associate clinicians and medical doctors.

 

 

The SOGC is grateful for the financial contribution of Global Affairs Canada which has helped to fund the majority of the SOGC’s past and current global health initiatives.

 

For more information on the SOGC’s Indigenous and Global Health initiatives, please contact intl@sogc.com