International Partnership Sites
Students’ clinical experience depends upon the setting they are placed and the role of our partners in care provision. This clinical experience offers students in the Global Health Section an opportunity to integrate their knowledge and clinical competencies in collaboration with their on-site mentor. Students may choose to focus their clinical experience in either community nursing or an acute care setting to further develop and strengthen advanced clinical judgment as well as the ability to respond more purposefully to complex health concerns of individuals, families, and/or communities.
Over the years, ISoN Global Health Concentration students have been placed in designated partnership sites located in Montreal, Northern Quebec, Tanzania, Kenya, Thailand, India, Nepal, China, Haiti and Colombia. Below are some of our more recent partnerships:
Students assist in the provision of care in within MSPP and an organization NECH-CIEH who has been working alongside the Haitian ministry of health in the development of health service provision. Thus far the students that have been placed in Haiti have had diverse clinical placements, mostly in the hospital settings. McGill has been working mostly with the public health care system where the clinical settings are challenged with under resource service provision. Site Lead: Jodi Tuck – SITE ON HOLD due to political climate
Our partnership in Colombia is different in that our partner is another school of nursing the Universidad de Antioquia. Students work along side Colombian nursing students in the provision of community health assessments and promotion, recently those student with a highly proficient Spanish have been able to complete their clinical stage in the hospital setting. The research component completed in the setting is usually based around maternal child health and breastfeeding. Site Lead: Sonia Semeni
We have newly opened a partnership in New Delhi, India. The focus of this partnership is around pediatric oncology. The clinical placement is based at an NGO palliative Care Centre called CANKids and a local hospital in the pediatric setting. Site Lead: Argerie Tsmiscalis
Tanzania – Highlands Hope
McGill Nurses for Highlands Hope was established in 2006 to provide education and practice opportunities between McGill University's School of Nursing and Highlands Hope Umbrella, a nongovernment organization that brings together community, professional, and volunteer networks to address the challenge of HIV/AIDS and related social problems in the Kibena, Njombe region of the Southern Highlands of Tanzania.
⦁ Provide instrumental resources to support sustainable health promotion projects originating from the Highlands Hope Umbrella.
⦁ Provide educational and research opportunities for McGill University's School of Nursing students pursuing graduate studies in Global Health.
McGill Nurses for Highlands Hope has supported fellowships, scholarships, visiting scholars and student projects. It has also provided instrumental support so that nurses and community health workers have materials and increased skills to use in their daily work.
George Menson Sanga, Education Consultant & Program Manager for the Youth Peer Health Education Program, Highlands Hope (2017)
Edmund Munubi, Manager at Tanganyika Wattle (TANWAT) Company Hospital (2012)
Bathseba Liduke, RN, and Evangelista Kayombo, RN, Tanganyika Wattle (TANWAT) Company Hospital (2009)
Andra Leimanis - Factors influencing implementation of home based care in Tanganyika Wattle Company Hospital villages (2008).
Jacquie Bocking – Factors affecting adherence to antiretroviral therapy in Tanganyika Wattle Company Hospital HIV Clinical Treatment Centre (2008).
Amy Low – Exploring the needs of clients using community home-based care in Njombe, Tanzania (2009).
Veronique Fraser – They test with their eyes: Rapid appraisal of barriers and facilitators to voluntary counseling and testing in Njombe, Tanzania (2009).
Kristin Gagnon – A home care kit training intervention for Peer Health Educators delivering community home-based care in rural Njombe, Tanzania (2010).
Ryan Lomenda – Primary school students’ knowledge, attitudes and practice regarding HIV/AIDS in Njombe, Tanzania (2010).
Vesna Papuga - Breaking the silence of HIV/AIDS through peer health education of school aged children in Njombe, Tanzania (2011)
Joyce Ngabire - Sustainablility of peer health education in primary schools in a low-resourced setting - building on students' leadership skills (2012).
Maggie Wilson - Evaluating the implementation of Point-of-Care (PoC) CD4 Testing Program for the Monitoring and Management of HIV/AIDS in rural Njombe, Tanzania (2013).
Andrea Willett - Evaluating the sustainability of a Point-of-Care (PoC) CD4 Testing Program for the Monitoring and Management of HIV/AIDS in rural Njombe, Tanzania (2014).
Madeleine Buck, Lia Sanzone, Bathseba Liduke - Turning hope into action: Youth peer health education in rural Tanzania – Implementation of YPHE training to 500 youth and 73 teachers in 50 rural schools thanks to funding from Grand Challenges Canada (2015-2016)
Anahita Sebti – Children and youth participation in sexual health-related discussions, decisions, and actions in Njombe, Tanzania: A focused ethnography. (2016)
Frida Blackwell – Examining the sustainability of the youth peer health education network within primary schools in Njombe, Tanzania. (2017)
Nicole Lessard – An inventory of perceived health care needs of seniors living in Njombe, Tanzania. (2018)
Chloe Lux – Exploring healthcare providers’ experiences with assistive technologies for
older adults in Njombe, Tanzania. (2019)
Katherine Chong – Exploring the experiences of caregivers for older adults on the use of assistive technology in Kibena and Itulike, Njombe, Tanzania. (2019)
Support from our generous donors is vital to our continued success. Donations have enabled McGill Nurses for Highlands Hope to:
⦁ Support and evaluate the implementation of a Point-of-Care (PoC) CD4 Testing Program for the monitoring and management of HIV/AIDS in Njombe, Tanzania
⦁ Support, implement and evaluate Youth Peer Health Education about 'Ukimwi' (HIV/AIDS) in 20 primary schools
⦁ Print Mawazo na Nyenzo- Ukimwi (Tools and Ideas - AIDS) book to distribute to nurse educators and peer counselors
⦁ Purchase Nursing and biomedical texts to update TANWAT Nursing library
⦁ Purchase home based care kits for use in community home-based care programs
⦁ Provide instrumental support for school fees, books, uniforms for children under the care of Kibena Women Association
⦁ Provide hand sanitizer, face masks and shields and handwashing training to Kibena community members
For further information, please contact
Madeleine Buck, N, BScN, MSc
Chair, McGill Nurses for Highlands Hope
Ingram School of Nursing,
680 Sherbrooke West, Suite 1931
Montreal, QC H3A 2M7
madeleine.buck [at] mcgill.ca
Donations can be made payable to:
McGill University - McGill Nurses for Highlands Hope Fund
All gifts directly support our projects in Tanzania and a high degree of scrutiny is observed in ensuring that funds are used for their intended purpose. To make a donation, please send a cheque made out to McGill University - c/o McGill Nurses for Highlands Hope by mail to the address indicated on the left. Alternatively, donate on-line - Ingram School of Nursing; McGill Nurses for Highlands Hope