OTTAWA, April 7 /CNW Telbec/ - A Canadian obstetrician/gynecologist
dedicated to making childbirth a safer experience in some of the poorest
countries in the world has been awarded the Royal College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Canada's Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award. Dr. Jean Chamberlain
(Froese), FRCSC, is founder and executive director of Save the Mothers (STM)
International, an organization dedicated to helping save the 525,000 mothers
who die in childbirth every year.
"Dr. Chamberlain has committed her life to helping reduce the number of
maternal childbirth deaths and has made enormous sacrifices working in
developing countries over the past ten years to do so," says Royal College
President G. William N. Fitzgerald, CM, MD, FRCSC. "She is a shining example
of the kind of selfless dedication this award is meant to highlight."
Dr. Chamberlain spends eight months of the year in Uganda, where she
initiated the STM training program in 2005. This innovative public health
program trains professional and influential champions within developing
countries to improve mothers' health through their specific window of
influence, including law, media, social services and education.
"The needs of women worldwide are daunting. Some 1,600 women die from
causes related to childbirth every day-99 per cent in developing countries,"
Dr. Chamberlain says. "The hard part was at the beginning, when there was no
place to work and virtually no support. Now, we've begun helping train staff
throughout the region. It's a work in progress, but change is happening."
Dr. Chamberlain has also worked several years in Yemen, advocating for
women's reproductive health, as well as shorter stays in Zimbabwe, Zambia, The
Congo and Pakistan. She was instrumental in the development of the world-class
ALARM (Advance in Labour and Risk Management) International Program. She
teaches at McMaster University the remaining four months of the year.
"The College is proud to fund the Save the Mothers organization in Uganda
with a grant of $5,000 in Dr. Chamberlain's honour," says Dr. Andrew Padmos,
FRCPC, Royal College CEO. "This money will support Dr. Chamberlain's ongoing
work to help women and children in developing nations."
The Royal College launched the Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award in 2008
to recognize the work of Canadian physicians who go beyond normal expectations
to deliver health care worldwide.
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is the national,
not-for-profit organization that oversees the medical education of specialists
in Canada by setting high standards for postgraduate medical education and
continuing professional development. In collaboration with health
organizations and government agencies, the Royal College also plays a role in
developing sound health policy in Canada.
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