McMaster University

McMaster University


Students from South Africa program

Project Co-Directors:

  • M. Alvarez (University of Haiti site)
  • A. Baumann (McMaster Site)

Project Coordinator: 

  • A. Ehrlich

Funding Source: 

  • Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (CIDA)


  • 2002-2008



The Republic of Haiti occupies the western third of the island of Hispanola that is shared with the Dominican Republic. Haiti has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the western hemisphere estimated at over 500 deaths/100,0000 live births (Canada: maternal mortality 6 deaths/100,000 live births).

This project in is an integrated multidisciplinary project involving the McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences’ Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery with the State University of Haiti’s Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, the National School of Nursing and a Haitian based non-governmental organization, International Child Care (ICC). Together capacities in the training and preparation of university faculty, School of Nursing and NGO health care workers will be strengthened to meet the needs of women in the area of reproductive health. Fundamental components of this partnership will include the review and implementation of appropriate curriculum and educational methodologies to address the determinants to women’s health in general and maternal morbidity and mortality in particular. Linkages with established non-governmental organizations such as ICC, will provide students and project participants with practice settings to be involved in primary health care activities related to women’s health. This six year project is funded through the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and extends from January 2002-2008.

The project management team includes: Dr. Henry F. Muggah, Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Project Director, Dr. Karyn Kaufman, Associate Dean, School of Midwifery and Anne Ehrlich, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing all from McMaster University and Dr. Mario Alvarez, Dean, School of Medicine and Pharmacy, State University of Haiti, and from the National School of Nursing in Haiti, Mme. Kettly Fouron, Director and Mme. Ghislaine Francoeur, Midwifery Program Director. Associated team members include representation from the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in Haiti, ICC, the Sister’s of St. Joseph’s in Hamilton, and the Hamilton District Health Council.

In the first year joint interventions will focus on the transfer and sharing of knowledge and the development of a collaborative approach to evidence-based health care, curriculum reform and the application of these changes through the activities of faculty members and graduates from our respective institutions. To this end, two workshops are planned: one at McMaster University in July 2002 with a follow up in Haiti in the fall of 2002.

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