Maternal Infant Health Canada (MIH Can)
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. Maternal Infant Health Canada (MIH Can) was founded by Dr. Farah Shroff, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Family Practice and Associate Faculty Member in the School of Population. She has 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.
Maternal and Infant Health (MIH) Canada focuses on improving the health of communities with an emphasis on children and mothers. With a comprehensive public health approach MIH Can’s goal is to create demonstration villages in India, which meet their ‘upstream’ and ‘downstream’ needs. ‘Upstream’ needs include water/sanitation, food security, formal education, safety from violence and so forth; ‘downstream’ needs include adequate health system facilities, medications, prepared and present staff and so forth. While the work is currently in India, MIH Can hopes to expand to other nations. MIH Can’s founder was recently invited to Laos to initiate an MNCH project and this project is thriving.
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 is urgently needed to help MIH Can undertake its work to save the lives of mothers and babies in India by developing strategies for improving maternal-infant health that can contribute to community health and wellbeing.