International Programs

CFWH helps fund training programs for healthcare professionals in developing countries to improve maternal and newborn health and reduce incidence of cervical cancer. Our International Program includes ALARM International, the SOGC Partnership Program, the Ghislaine Francoeur Fund and Health Systems Interventions.

SOGC International Women’s Health Program

SOGC’s mission is to promote excellence in the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology and to advocate for women’s health through leadership, advocacy, collaboration, outreach and education.

Since 1998, the SOGC has been active internationally. The Society is committed to promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights globally with a focus on safe motherhood and newborn health. It is our goal to ensure that every woman has the right to survive pregnancy and childbirth and has access to the care she needs to deliver a healthy baby through a safe pregnancy and childbirth.

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 Duchesnay International Elective Fellowships for Obstetrics and Gynaecology Resident

The Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health awards two Duchesnay fellowships every year to resident students in obstetrics and gynaecology who desire to complete an elective in a healthcare center in a developing country. The fellowships cover four to eight weeks, with the amount varying from $2,500CAD to $4,500 CAD according to the length of the elective. A $700 CAD lump-sum wil be allocated to the local supervisor of the elective.

The candidate must be a Canadian citizen, registered as a resident in obstetrics and gynaecology in a Canadian health care institution and a member of the SOGC.


André Lalonde Permanent Endowment Fund

Originally established by distinguished physician Dr. André Lalonde in memory of his parents, this fund is now supported by the SOGC and will be fully capitalized by 2012. Currently it supports an annual guest lectureship for an expert physician from a low-resource country at the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada’s Annual Clinical Meeting. In the future, it will promote knowledge of and interest in international women’s health issues among Canadian obstetricians and gynaecologists in many other ways. For example, it may offer an annual fellowship for a mid-career professional obstetrician or gynaecologist from Canada to work in a low-resource country. Other activities will be as identified from time to time by the CFWH Board of Directors on the recommendation of the Advisory Committee.

SOGC is the Founder and Administrator of CFWH