Osler set to make difference at home and beyond with third Global Health mission
March 23, 2017 Brampton/Etobicoke William Osler Health System is once again looking beyond its borders and setting its sights across the world in order to make a difference and improve the care it delivers at home.
From March 23 to April 8, 2017, a team from Osler will embark on its third international mission as part of its Global Health Program, visiting India and Pakistan to engage local organizations through training and education initiatives, learn more about health care in the region, and identify research opportunities that will enhance the delivery of health care services in the local community and beyond.
“We are proud to serve a growing and diverse community that includes a large South Asian population,” says Joanne Flewwelling, Interim President and CEO of William Osler Health System. “Building upon Osler’s vision of ‘patient-inspired care without boundaries’, the Global Health Program provides us with an unprecedented opportunity to contribute to the homeland of local residents in a meaningful way by leveraging our work abroad to gain insights about the patients we serve, and help improve care for our local community.”
Throughout the 17-day mission, an eight-member team of clinical and non-clinical staff will visit a number of locations in India and Pakistan. At Dayanand Medical College & Hospital in Ludhiana, the team will build upon the work it started with the teaching centre last year, and will continue to co-design improved Psychiatric services as well as enhance Emergency Medicine services. The team will then visit Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha (SKSS) Hospital and Nursing College in Sarabha Village where it will hold medical camps to enhance access to care, provide training and education to nursing students and instructors on various topics, and provide public health support through education and outreach to local college students.
This year the Global Health Program will also be expanding to Pakistan and the team will have the privilege of forging new relationships and exploring specific partnership opportunities with ChildLife Foundation – a non-profit organization that provides free paediatric emergency care, primary care and preventative care in the slums of Karachi.
“We are looking forward to working with local organizations in Punjab and Karachi to share knowledge and learn more about the local delivery of care, culture, genetics, and disease processes,” says Susan deRyk, Joint Vice President, Service Quality and Community Relations and this year’s Tour Lead. “Given that Osler serves a diverse community including many who are originally from other parts of the world, we recognize that this mission will serve as a valuable opportunity to look beyond our borders to support our global partners and bring back important learnings to improve delivery of care to the community we serve here in Central West.”
On this year’s mission, Osler will be focusing on Emergency Medicine, Mental Health and Addictions and Diabetes Prevention and Treatment, and has selected the tour team based on those needs. As well, as part of its Corporate Research strategy, the Global Health program will continue to explore a number of priorities including research into the progression and treatment of diseases within multi-generational and multi-cultural communities, and different treatments options to meet the needs of each patient.
The tour team includes:
- Susan DeRyk, Joint Vice President, Service Quality and Community Relations - Senior Leadership Team Representative and Tour Lead
- Dr. Kamil Haider, Emergency Medicine Physician
- Amarjit Dhillon, Emergency Medicine Registered Nurse
- Dr. Amlan Das, Adult Psychiatrist
- Parul Giare, Acute Mental Health Nurse
- Carrie Woodcock, Mental Health and Addictions Counsellor
- Dr. Leili Pede, Family and Emergency Medicine Physician
- Sundeep Hans, Diversity Projects Coordinator - Tour Coordinator
The funds provided for the mission have been generously donated by the William Osler Health System Foundation (Osler Foundation).
“Osler Foundation is proud to support the Global Health program and the tremendous work physicians and staff are undertaking abroad,” said Kulvir Singh Gill, Chair, Osler Foundation. “We recognize that the program provides an exciting opportunity to learn, share and to innovate and in turn, provide even better quality care to Osler patients and families.”
To learn more about the team and read new blog updates from the trip, visit our Global Health Program page.