Who We Are

With the support of the BC Children's Hospital Foundation, BC Children's Hospital established the Centre for International Child Health in 2004.
The Centre serves as a leadership and coordinating body for international initiatives and positions BC Children's as a key contributor to global child and women's health. The health and wellbeing of children, women, and people everywhere, independent of geographical borders, is vital to the health of the world. The BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital is recognized as one of the world’s foremost children’s and women’s health-care institutions. We have a rich history in global health innovation and strengthening local and international capacity through the exchange of knowledge, skills, and appropriate technologies. Our members are committed to implementing the most effective interventions for improving the health of communities and often integrate advocacy, education, and capacity building efforts in local and global contexts. 

To donate contact the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation or email cichinfo@cw.bc.ca.  
What We Do

Mission & vision

Our mission is to mobilize health professionals in British Columbia and internationally to collaborate in improving global women's, newborn, and child health. Our vision is partnering to advance women's and children's health globally.

Strategic priorities

  • Build capacity through collaborative and sustained partnerships
  • Expand global health education opportunities for residents and fellows, and contribute to health workforce education at partnering institutions
  • Enhance global health research through training, mentorship and reverse innovation opportunities
  • Strengthen the global health community at BC Children's and beyond

Video series

Learn how to generate knowledge and advocate for maternal and child health globally through innovative research, collaborative partnerships, and expanding education opportunities here.

Dr Niranajan "Tex" Kissoon, Executive Medical Director of Children's and Women Global Health at BC Children's Hospital, provides an overview of CICH's activities here.

You can also find more videos that describe how we are advancing our strategic priorioties here. Thank you to Global Affairs Canada and Mana na Moto for supporting these videos!

Our Team

CICH Committee:

  • Mark Ansermino, Director, CICH, and Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, UBC
  • Jean-Pierre Chanoine, Clinical Professor, Endocrinology and Diabetes Unit, BC Children’s
  • Alexis Davis, Occupational Therapist, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children
  • Damian Duffy, Executive Director, Office of Pediatric Surgical Evaluation & Innovation, BC Children's
  • David Goldfarb, Medical Microbiologist, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, BC Children's
  • Bella Hwang, Program Manager, CICH
  • Teresa Johnson, Program Coordinator, CICH
  • Niranjan “Tex” Kissoon, Executive Medical Director, Global Health, C&W
  • Srinivas Murthy, Clinical Investigator, BC Children’s
  • Stefanie Novakowski, Grants Facilitator, CICH
  • Gina Ogilvie, Senior Research Advisor, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre
  • Beth Payne, Research Associate, School of Population and Public Health, UBC
  • Simona Powell, Coordinator, Global Health Office & NGDI-UBC, School of Population and Public Health
  • Laura Sauvé, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist, BC Children's
  • Claire O'Brien, General Pediatrician and Clinical Instructor, UBC
  • Marianne Vidler, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, UBC
  • Matthew Wiens, Clinical Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, UBC
  • Robert Armstrong, Professor Emeritus, Division of Developmental Pediatrics, UBC

Projects and Research Team:

  • Niranjan "Tex" Kissoon, Chair
  • Mark Ansermino, Director
  • Guy Dumont, Investigator
  • Matthew Wiens, Investigator
  • Bella Hwang, CICH Program Manager
  • Dustin Dunsmuir, Global Health Technical Lead
  • Simona Powell, Research Manager
  • Teresa Johnson, Program Coordinator
  • Stefanie Novakowski, Grants Facilitator
  • Jessica Rigg, Research Manager
  • Jessica Trawin, Project Coordinator
  • Tamara Dudley, Research Coordinator
  • Jeff Bone, Biostatistician
  • Coco Lui, Data and Statistical Analyst 
  • Yashodani Pillay, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Peter Lewis, Software Developer
  • Sahar Zandi Nia, Research Assistant
  • Charly Huxford, Research Assistant
  • Martina Knappett, Research Assistant
  • Sela Grays, Co-Op Student
  • Kat Pallot, Work-Learn Student
  • Rishika Bose, Co-Op Student

We also benefit from the guidance of expert clinicians, researchers, nurses, allied health professionals, and administrators at BC Children’s and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre. All share our goal of advancing the health of children from birth to adolescence. 

  • Mark Ansermino, Director, CICH, BC Children's  

  • Allison Eddy, Chief of Medicine & Head, Department of Pediatrics, BC Children's

  • Bella Hwang, Program Manager, CICH, BC Children's

  • Niranjan “Tex” Kissoon, Executive Medical Director, Global Health, BC Children's and Women's Hospital and Health Centre

  • Michael Kobor, Lead, Healthy Starts, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute

  • Erik Skarsgard, Chief of Surgery, BC Children's

  • Marianne Vidler, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UBC

  • Joanne Waxman, Director, Strategic Partnerships, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

  • Mark Ansermino, Director, CICH, BC Children's
  • Sadiq Abdulla, Obstetric Anesthesiology Specialist, BC Women's Hospital
  • Jean-Pierre Chanoine,  Clinical Professor, Endocrinology and Diabetes Unit, BC Children’s
  • Alexis Davis, Occupational Therapist, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children
  • Bella Hwang, Program Manager, CICH, BC Children's
  • Teresa Johnson, Project Coordinator, CICH, BC Children's
  • Videsh Kappoor, Global Health Director, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
  • Katherine Lidstone, Perioperative Nurse and Clinical Nurse Instructor, BC Childiren's
  • Stefanie Novakowski, Grants Facilitator, CICH, BC Children's
  • Leslie Raffin, Cardiology Research Nurse/Nurse Clinician, BC Children's 
  • Laura Sauvé, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist, BC Children's
  • Marianne Vidler, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, UBC
  • Mark Ansermino, Director, CICH, BC Children's
  • Jean-Pierre Chanoine, Clinical Professor, Endocrinology and Diabetes Unit, BC Children’s
  • Astrid Christoffersen-Deb, Gynecology, Sexual Health and Specialized Program, BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre
  • Damian Duffy, Executive Director, Office of Pediatric Surgical Evaluation & Innovation, BC Children's
  • David Goldfarb, Medical Microbiologist, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, BC Children's
  • Rebecca Houweling, Pediatric Registerd Nurse, BC Children's
  • Bella Hwang, Program Manager, CICH, BC Children's 
  • Teresa Johnson, Project Coordinator, Centre for International Child Health, BC Children's
  • Niranjan “Tex” Kissoon, Executive Medical Director, Global Health, BC Children's and Women's Hospital and Health Centre
  • Kishore Mulpuri, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, BC Children’s
  • Srinivas Murthy, Clinical Investigator, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
  • Stefanie Novakowski, Grants Facilitator, CICH, BC Children's
  • Gina Ogilvie, Senior Research Advisor, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre
  • Beth Payne, Research Associate, School of Population and Public Health, UBC
  • Kristina Pikksalu, Nurse Practioner (Familty), BC Children's
  • Simona Powell, Coordinator, Global Health Office & NGDI-UBC, School of Population and Public Health
  • Paul Rogers, Program Head, Division of Paediatric Hematology/Oncology, BC Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital & Health Centre
  • Laura Sauvé, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist, BC Children's
  • Marianne Vidler, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, UBC
  • Mark Ansermino, Director, CICH, BC Children's
  • Dustin Dunsmuir, Global Health Technical Lead, Digital Health Innovation Lab, BC Children's
  • David Goldfarb, Medical Microbiologist, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, BC Children's
  • Matthias Görges, Co-Lead, Clinical & Community Data, Analytics & Informatics, Evidence to Innovation, BC Children`s
  • Bella Hwang, Program Manager, CICH, BC Children's
  • Teresa Johnson, Project Coordinator, CICH, BC Children's
  • Niranjan “Tex” Kissoon, Executive Medical Director, Global Health, BC Children's and Women's Hospital and Health Centre
  • Richard Lester, Associate Professor in Global Health, Division of Infectious Diseases, UBC
  • Srinivas Murthy, Clinical Investigator, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
  • Stefanie Novakowski, Grants Facilitator, CICH, BC Children's
  • Gina Ogilvie, Senior Research Advisor, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre
  • Simona Powell, Coordinator, Global Health Office & NGDI-UBC, School of Population and Public Health
  • Kim Schmidt, Research Manager, Healthy Starts Theme, BC Children's Hospital Research Institute
  • Mark Ansermino, Director, CICH, BC Children's
  • Lona Cunningham, Senior Director, Critical Care Areas, Procedures, Emergency and Access, BC Children’s 
  • Susan Dahinten, Professor, MSN Program Coordinator, UBC
  • Alexis Davis, Occupational Therapist, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children
  • Cathy Ellis, Senior Instructor, Midwifery, UBC
  • Sarah Gustin, Program Manager, Projects, Quality Improvement & Evaluation, BC Children's
  • Bella HwangProgram Manager, CICH, BC Children's
  • Cailtlin Johnson, Program Manager, BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre
  • Kit Johnson, Provincial Director, Clinical Service Innovation and Quality, Child Health BC
  • Mary MacKillop, Director Patient Care Quality Office, PHSA
  • Minna Miller, Nurse Practioner, BC Children's
  • Trish Page, Surgical Services Program Manager, BC Children’s 
  • David Waller, Director of Interprofessional Practice, PHSA
  • Lani Wittmann, Senior Practice Leader, Fir Square, BC Women’s 
  • Laura Vicol, Nurse Practitioner, Oak Tree Clinic, BC Children’s 
  • Marianne Vidler, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, UBC


Our Community

The centre partners with global organizations where we feel sustained effort can have a significant impact on the health of children and youth. 

Our projects engage a range of internal staff at BC Children’s, the Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre, as well as external partners and collaborators. These can include universities, hospitals, non-governmental organizations, global health networks, global health funders, businesses and multilateral institutions like the World Health Organization.

Our connections and commitments

We are stronger when we work together to achieve common goals. The Centre for International Child Health is a member of the Coalition of Centres in Global Child Health and has joined the Every Woman Every Child movement to help end all preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents within a generation while ensuring their health and well-being.

The centre has also affirmed our commitment to global efforts to improve maternal and child health by signing the World Preeclampsia Day Proclamation, the World Sepsis Day Declaration, and the Kampala Declaration to improve care for sepsis. 

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