KINGSTON, ON, Sept. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Every year in developing countries
like Bangladesh, roughly 500,000 women die and 1.5 million children
become disabled from issues relating to childbearing. In children with
disabilities the mortality rate can be 80%.
To combat this, an interdisciplinary team at Queen's University has
developed an innovative partnership program which could become a model
for dramatically lowering infant and maternal disability rates in
The project, known as the Interprofessional Project on Disability,
Maternal and Child Health (IPODMCH), is helping to merge the skills and
needs of those working in Child and Maternal Health with those working
in Disability - two areas that have traditionally had no formal
interaction. The result of this cross-pollination of knowledge is a
more unified and inclusive approach to health care and services.
Importantly, the Queen's team is implementing a structure that is
sustainable and scalable. "The training of trainers approach will enable us to reach out to hundreds of health care
professionals working in rural communities as well as thousands of
community members; this will allow our program's reach to grow
exponentially and become self-sustaining long after our role is
fulfilled" says Dr. Malcolm Peat, Executive Director of the
International Centre for the Advancement of Community Based
Rehabilitation (ICACBR) which implements the project.
At the policy level, by creating an understanding of interprofessional
practice and improving coordination amongst Maternal/Child and
Disability services, the project develops a replicable model for
mainstreaming disability and gender into maternal and child health
initiatives and contributes to the inclusion of disability into
Millennium Development Goals (MDG) globally.
With many organizations aggressively committing to the health of
developing nations, the Queen's project will offer a scalable template
that could have a dramatic impact on global health.
For more information and a whiteboard video on the ICACBR & IPODMCH
project visit http://insidermedicine.com/queens-global-health-project/
The IPODMCH project is funded by The Canadian International Development
Agency (CIDA). The Bangladesh partner is CRP-Bangladesh (The Centre for
the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed).
The ICACBR is a part of the School of Rehabilitation Therapy in the
Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen's University.
SOURCE: CEH Inc
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