In 2014, the Global Child Health Program was established within the McGill Department of Pediatrics and is led by a multi-disciplinary steering committee wishing to expand the Montreal Children’s Hospital’s (MCH) involvement in global health activities. This program builds on the long-standing engagement and expertise in global health of members of the MCH and the Department of Pediatrics. It provides global child health education to health care professionals in Montreal and coordinates medical education and research partnerships with pediatric centres in low-income countries.
The Global Child Health Program aims to contribute sustainably to the health and well-being of children in resource-limited settings by educating members of the Department of Pediatrics and MCH community about global child health and by establishing mutually beneficial, lasting partnerships with pediatric centres in low-income countries. These collaborations allow multidisciplinary health care professionals at the Department of Pediatrics and MCH to capitalize on their expertise by engaging in meaningful medical education and innovative research with local health care professionals in these partner centres. The program adheres to the principles of health equity, sustainability and capacity building by training health care professionals in global child health and by working collaboratively with local health care professionals at partner sites to meet the medical education and research needs that they self-identify. Lessons learned from these collaborations will also help to improve the care received by the large multicultural population served by our Department and hospital, as well as vulnerable children living in our community.