We strive to connect and engage health care professionals on a global scale to collaborate in improving child health.

Who We Work With

CICH works with healthcare providers, researchers, and policy-makers in BC and globally to improve child health. These partners are essential to developing sustainable programs that address local needs and resources. 


Interested in working with the CICH or its members? View ongoing global health research projects here.

Global Sepsis Alliance

The Global Sepsis Alliance is a non-profit charity organization with the mission to provide global leadership to reduce the worldwide burden of sepsisThey spearheaded the May 2017 adoption of the World Health Assembly resolution to improve, prevent, diagnose, and manage sepsis and continue to educate and advocate for improved care for sepsis through multiple initiatives, including World Sepsis Day and the World Sepsis Congress. Visit their website:

Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)-Wellcome Trust Research Programme

The KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Program represents a partnership between researchers from the Kenya Medical Research Institute, the Wellcome Trust, and the University of Oxford. It is based at the KEMRI Centre for Geographic Medical Research-Coast in Kilifi, Kenya. They have an extensive network of researchers and support staff working together to improve health outcomes across Africa. They are our partners in the next phase of the Smart Triage Program. Visit their website:

Mbarara University of Science & Technology (MUST)

We work closely with researchers at the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Institute at MUST, a public university in southwest Uganda. Recently, this collaboration has expanded to include the Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer at MUST. We have been developing and evaluating our Smart Discharges Program at the teaching hospital for MUST (Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital) since the program began. Visit their website:

Uganda Ministry of Health

The support of the Ministry of Health has been critical for scaling our programs nationally, and will aid us in scaling our programs in other areas of sub-Saharan Africa. They are providing logistical support and technical and policy advice for our programs. We are currently  evaluating Smart Discharges in three regional referral hospitals, in Masaka, Mbarara, and Jinja, and are also validating the Paediatric Rapid Sepsis Trigger (PRST) tool (part of our Smart Triage Program) at Jinja Regional Referral Hospital. Visit their website:

Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau (UCMB)

The UCMB is the health office of the Roman Catholic Church in Uganda, which makes up about 30% of the health system in the country. They are a private, not-for-profit network that provides subsidized fee-for-service outpatient and inpatient care. We have partnered with the UCMB to implement and evaluate our Smart Discharges and Smart Triage Programs. The Smart Discharges Program is currently being evaluated at three sites within the UCMB hospital network: Villa Maria Hospital, Uganda Martyrs' Ibanda Hospital, and Holy Innocent's Children's Hospital. Visit their website:

Holy Innocents Children's Hospital  

Holy Innocents Children's Hospital in Mbarara, Uganda, is part of the UCMB hospital network and one of the few dedicated pediatric hospitals in Uganda. We partnered with UCMB to develop and test the feasibility and accessibility of our Smart Discharges Program in 2014-2015 and our Smart Triage Program in 2018-2019. We are continuing to clinically evaluate the Smart Discharges Program at this hospital, and the healthcare workers and administrators continue to use our Smart Triage Program to improve care for children at their hospital. Visit their website:


Walimu is a not-for-profit organization and leader in implementing sustainable programs to improve the quality of care and reduce mortality for critically ill patients at Uganda health facilities. They have extensive experience implementing quality improvement programs in Uganda, including their Severe Illness Management Support (SIMS) Program, which has been adopted by hospitals across Uganda. They are our implementing partner for Smart Discharges and Smart Triage Programs. Visit their website:

World Federation of Pediatric Intensive & Critical Care Societies (WFPICCS)

WFPICCS is an international network of organizations focused on pediatric intensive and critical care. They advocate for the care of critically ill and injured children worldwide and advance professional knowledge, enhance skills, and share best practices to ensure every child the best chance for survival and quality of life. As our partners in the Pediatric Sepsis CoLab, they provide us with a platform for disseminating best practices and access to a global audience of pediatric specialists and healthcare professionals. Visit their website:

University of British Columbia (UBC)

The BC Children's Hospital serves as the teaching hospital and site of neonatal and pediatric health research for UBC, and many of our members in Vancouver also hold faculty or staff positions at UBC. We work closely with various programs within UBC, including the Faculty of Medicine, the School of Population and Public Health, and the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, to support global health initiatives across campus. Visit their website:

Action on Sepsis Research Excellence Cluster at UBC

Action on Sepsis fosters cross-cutting collaborations in biology, medicine, social determinants, policy, and public health to effectively prevent, diagnose, and manage the deadly condition of sepsis. Establishing diverse and inclusive partnerships is key to creating innovative, targeted interventions that will minimize death and disability, and improve outcomes for people with sepsis in BC and globally. The cluster provides a platform for promoting our projects and establishing new collaborations that support our research. Visit their website:

Thank You for Your Support

Global health initiatives at CICH are supported by a diverse array of organizations, including:

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To donate to the Centre for International Child Health, contact the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

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