Maternal-newborn health outcomes for India fall well behind benchmarks suggested by the World Health Organization, making attention to improving the health disparities both a national and international priority. The Canada- India Maternal-Infant Health Collaborative (CIMIHC) was founded in February 2015 by Dr. Farah Shroff, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Family Practice and Associate Faculty Member in the School of Population and Public Health, along with partners in Odisha, including the KIIT (Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology) School of Public Health. They have since gathered many collaborators from across Canada and India, with the goal of improving maternal-newborn outcomes at a community level, in response to local priorities through local values, beginning in the Indian state of Odisha. You can support the collaborative project by making a donation.
Odisha, India has one of the highest rates of maternal and infant death in India. The team will focus on implementing several evidence-based strategies for improving maternal and infant wellbeing, including: supporting clinical skills development of medical and nursing professionals and paraprofessionals; linking with holistic and traditional health care providers, and facilitating community development leading to sustainable livelihoods. The vision of the Canada-India Maternal-Infant Health Collaborative is to bring together a team of health care providers, community development workers and traditional medicine providers working under the umbrella of the collaboration in many villages in Odisha.
The Canadian team will make visits to Odisha periodically over the next years to train trainers, work with traditional medical providers and support the community development work. Bringing together a team of local and international researchers with complementary expertise can lead to meaningful and sustainable change at a community level. The characteristics of this change that may be applied to other communities can be studied and can lead to a program for ‘scaling up’ solutions achieved through this study.
Your philanthropic support urgently needed to help the CIMIHC undertake its work to save the lives of mothers and babies in Odisha, developing strategies for improving maternal-infant health that can contribute to community health and wellbeing.