AMPATH-UofT links with specific organizations and networks in Canada to bring additional innovative idea additional expertise to allow even greater results to be achieved in western Kenya.
A number of the main partnerships to date have been with the following organizations:
Society of Gynecologic Oncologists of Canada (GOC) in developing the gynecologic oncology program.
Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) shared their ALARM International Program. The SOGC’s ALARM (Advances in Labour and Risk Management) International Program is a training tool designed to reduce maternal death or injury in developing countries. The five-day program targets health professionals who provide obstetrical care, reviewing the top maternal killers and suggesting essential tools and problem management with the goal of improving care for mothers and newborns.
South Community Birth Program. The SCBP brings pregnancy and birth back to a community-based, peer-supported, primary care experience and aims to improve the health outcomes of women and their families by developing an environment in which the SCBP team:
- Collaborates with families to meet the needs of childbearing women in their community
- Assists women and their families to identify their own strengths and build confidence in their ability to give birth and become parents
- Encourages women and their families to assume an active role in their own health care
- Provides a safe, positive birth experience through the reduction of interventions
- Provides support following the birth so that women can have a shortened hospital stay
- Encourages developing a strong sense of peer support among the women and their families, helping them to build community, reduce isolation, and provide ongoing support for each other when their care at SCBP is complete