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The Canadian Foundation for Women's Health
780 Echo Drive
For further inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If mailing your donation, please make your donation payable to The Canadian Foundation for Women's Health and indicate the fund of your choice (General Fund, Research Fund, International Women's Health Fund, or the Ghislaine Francoeur Fund).
Donate online to The Dawn Walker Endowment Fund
Ms. Dawn Walker was able to influence public health policy though her work and within government thanks to her training as a health-care professional, which not only provided her with a depth of knowledge and experience, but offered her professional credibility that is not always present in government policy makers, many of whom may have had no direct work experience other than in government. Because to her training as a nurse, Ms. Walker intrinsically understood the health and social aspect of the issues that were being considered or needed to be brought forward and, consequently could focus on making the changes happen.
Thanks to the Walker family and in memory of Dawn, the Canadian Foundation for Women's Health will award The Dawn Walker Grant every year to professionals who wish to contribute to the development of better health policy.
Donate online to the Aboriginal Health Initiative
Mothers. Grandmothers. Daughters. Sisters. Strong, healthy women are the foundation of thriving, connected communities. Yet, everyday Aboriginal women face sexual and reproductive illness that can be prevented. Aboriginal mothers and their children experience poor health outcomes that can be eliminated.
The Aboriginal Health Initiative has been a key pillar of SOGC’s Strategic Directions since 2006. The goal of this Initiative is to advance culturally-safe health and healing of Aboriginal women. We aim to help ensure that First Nations, Inuit and Métis women have access to the kind of high quality health care that women across Canada expect and deserve.
How? Through education, partnerships, leadership and advocacy.
With your support, we provide our members the tools and knowledge they need to offer culturally-safe, quality health services, respecting the beliefs and traditions of Aboriginal peoples. Working with our partners, we develop and distribute culturally-relevant resources on key health issues. For example, through the Assembly of First Nations, we recently sent nearly 1000 HPV pamphlets with key facts for Aboriginal youth to First Nations communities across Canada.
Focusing on the social determinants of health, we support awareness among government, industry and the public about the unique barriers to health Aboriginal women face. We encourage positive changes in policy and practice that help restore reproductive justice, health and well being among First Nations, Inuit and Métis women.
We recognize that women’s health impacts the whole community and we are currently exploring ways to further engage Aboriginal men in protecting and promoting the health of their partners, mothers, daughters and sisters.
At the SOGC, improving Aboriginal women's health is a priority. As women's health professionals we recognize that improving access to culturally-safe health services will provide a solid foundation for change. With your support, we can continue this work.
To learn more about the AHI and opportunities to advance Aboriginal women’s health, please contact Alisha Nicole Apale or Jennifer Ferrante, Aboriginal Health Initiative Coordinators at email@example.com
Donate online to International Women's Health Programs
The SOGC’s International Women’s Health Program works with partner ob/gyn societies in low-resource countries to address women’s sexual and reproductive health, including access to safe motherhood and newborn health. Components of the International program include: training in emergency obstetric care through the ALARM International Program, capacity building of professional associations through the SOGC Partnership Program, research, evaluation and health systems interventions, as well as specific projects to address safe motherhood, newborn health and cervical cancer prevention.
The CFWH is proud to support these initiatives and to contribute to the SOGC’s efforts of reducing health inequalities in some of the world’s most vulnerable populations.
The SOGC is working closely with partners at la Société des Gynécologues et Obstétriciens du Burkina Faso (SOGOB) to put in place a cervical cancer prevention project, which will address the high incidence of cervical cancer throughout the country. With screening and treatment currently available only in urban centers, there is much work to be done to address the needs of the 75% of the population living in rural areas.
The four components of this project include: ensuring the equipment and necessary supplies for health centres; training health professionals on screening methods and treatment of pre-cancerous lesions; public awareness activities; and advocacy efforts with the government of Burkina Faso.
Donate online to the General Fund
The General Fund supports research and education across Canada, improving “health between the hips” for women at every stage of their lives.
Donate online to the Research Fund
The goal of the Research Fund is to grant funds to Canadian Universities specializing in women's reproductive health to help us find solutions to some of the most critical reproductive health issues.
Donate online to the Urogynaecology Fund
“Urinary incontinence, the involuntary loss of bladder control, can have a dramatic impact on one’s life. There are over 3 million Canadians suffering from incontinence who are crying for help. There are ways to manage incontinence, and in many cases cure it. Due to embarrassment many people do not seek help and therefore are unaware of the many treatment options that are now available.
Incontinence may be the result of a disease process such as multiple sclerosis, diabetes, a birth defect, weakening of the pelvic floor muscles, injuries from an accident, or the side effect of medications or surgery.
Incontinence is not caused by being female, nor is incontinence caused by aging. However, changes which occur with the natural aging process may contribute to incontinence. For instance, the natural enlargement of the prostate gland as men age, or the loss of estrogen which women experience, can precipitate incontinence. Incontinence should always be diagnosed by a healthcare professional to ensure that the incontinence is not a symptom of something seriously wrong, and so you can learn about potential treatment options to meet your needs.” (www.canadiancontinence.ca)
The objective of The Urogynaecology Award is to foster research in the field of Urogynaecology and help women who are suffering from urinary incontinence.
The purpose of The Urogynaecology Award is also to support researchers to share their research findings and to promote knowledge of and interest in health issues to advance incontinence management and treatment options for women who are suffering from urinary incontinence.
Donate online to the Ghislaine Francoeur Fund
A fund dedicated to midwifery and midwifery education in Haiti.
Ghislaine Francoeur was the founding Director of the Ecole Nationale d’ Infirmieres Sages-Femmes in Haiti where she dedicated her time to educating midwives who would make a difference in her country. The maternal and infant mortality rates in Haiti are the highest in the Western Hemisphere and this fund is dedicated to providing funding that will support midwifery and/or midwifery education projects in Haiti.
Donate online André Lalonde Permanent Endowment Fund
The André Lalonde Endowment Fund was established in memory of his parents, Dorima and Antoinette Lalonde. It has been endowed by Dr. André Lalonde, past Executive Vice-President, the SOGC, family members, Duchesnay Inc. and close friends of the SOGC.
The Fund’s main goal is to support the Young Physician Elective Program in lower resource countries, awarding grants and bursaries to those who wish to participate. These young physicians will become ambassadors in our quest to reduce maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in the world. We hope to raise sufficient funds to provide three to five of these grants and bursaries per year.
Currently, Dr. André Lalonde personally funds a grant in order to sponsor an expert physician from a low resource country, as a guest speaker at the International Women’s Day Symposium, during the SOGC Annual Clinical Meeting. Our hope is that, in the near future, the Fund will be substantial enough to support this guest speaker program in perpetuity.
Purpose of the Fund
The rate of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity is very high, especially in 67 countries around the world. Most physicians from high resource countries have never experienced the plight of the women and newborns in the developing world. The lack of resources, medicine and healthcare professionals, as well as the poor quality of the existing health care systems, spell great danger for women in the poorest countries.
The objective is to build the Fund to reach at least $500,000, so that the interest and investments will then sustain, in perpetuity, bursaries for students and young physicians, allowing them to work for a period of time in lower resource countries, as well as continuing to bring expert physicians from low resources countries to the International Women’s Symposium.
Management of the Fund
The Fund is managed by the Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health, who provides charitable donation receipts for all contributions. The Fund Management Committee includes Dr. André Lalonde, his son Jean Lalonde, the Executive Director of the Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health and the Chair of the Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health, as well as additional sponsors from time to time. The Committee will report on an annual basis to all contributors the results of Appeals, as well as updates to the Fund balance, which will also be reported on the SOGC Newsletter.