Global Women's 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.
ALARM International Program for health professionals
The SOGC’s ALARM International Program (AIP) 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. The AIP is based on the latest research and evidence in obstetric and neonatal care.
ALARM International Program for health administrators
AIP Admin is an introductory program that will provide health administrators with basic understanding of obstetric and neonatal care as well as administrating skills oriented towards implementing respectful maternity care in their unique clinical setting. The curriculum has a human rights-based approach and includes topics such as supply chain management, monitoring and evaluation, stewardship and governance as well as basic clinical chapters related to maternity and newborn care. AIP Admin is generally delivered over 5 days by experienced health professionals.
Coaching and mentoring of health professionals
Coaching and Mentoring is an important component when working towards closing the gap between knowledge and quality clinical practice. The SOGC’s mentorship and coaching activities help strengthen healthcare systems around the world. The SOGC's experienced mentors use specific evaluations and coaching tools as well as advanced communication skills, real-time feedback, on-site case reviews and bed-side teaching.
Advocacy: To die while giving birth is a shameful violation of women’s human rights
The SOGC asserts that a woman's ability to make choices throughout their reproductive life and survive pregnancy and childbirth is a basic human right and health professionals are in an exceptional position to effect change in the area of sexual and reproductive health. We believe in a rights-based approach and our programs and partnerships aims to empower individuals to advocate for these rights in their respective countries.
Organizational capacity building
This program is designed specifically for the use of health professional associations interested in and committed to strengthening their overall capacity to promote women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. The SOGC’s Organizational Capacity Improvement Framework focuses on internationally recognized organizational dimensions that must be build or strengthened to develop overall organizational capacity.
The SOGC is currently working on partnership projects that aim to improve maternal and newborn health in the following countries:
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.
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.
Led by Care Canada, this project aims to reduce maternal and newborn mortality in Tabora region by improving the availability of quality maternal and newborn health services and increasing the utilization of maternal and newborn health services by women and their families.
Coaching and mentoring activities to strengthen the skills of healthcare workers in emergency obstetric care is an essential part of the SOGC’S contribution to this initiative. The SOGC also plays an important role in supporting and strengthening the Tanzanian ob/gyn association by providing expertise in strategic planning and facilitating knowledge exchange.
Burkina Faso - AIP + professional association (SOGOB) Capacity building + partnering for prevention of cervical cancer
Haiti - AIP + professional association (SHOG) Capacity building + Earthquake Relief Initiative
Guatemala - AIP + professional association (AGOG) Capacity building + innovative program supporting integration of traditional midwives into the health centre's operations.
Uganda - AIP + professional association (AOGU) Capacity building + FIGO Saving Mothers and Newborns Project
Mali - AIP + Quarite research
Senegal - AIP + Quarite research project
Kosovo - AIP + FIGO Saving Mothers and Newborns Project
Ukraine - AIP + FIGO Saving Mothers and Newborns Project
Guyana - AIP
Morocco - AIP
Tanzania - AIP + Safer Obstetrics in Rural Tanzania project Malawi + TAMANI
Burundi - see description in previous section
DRC - see description in previous section
Malawi - see description in previous section
Curacao - AIP
Peru - AIP
El Salvador - AIP
Ghana - AIP
Global Health Resources
To better illuminate some of the context surrounding international women’s sexual and reproductive health, here are some links where you can find valuable information about issues addressed by our programs and related to the work we do in our global health division:
White Ribbon Alliance www.whiteribbonalliance.org
Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights www.actioncanadashr.org
Fistula Foundation www.fistulafoundation.org
Women Deliver www.womendeliver.org