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2016 CCISD - Pierre Viens Award: Two Organisations Rewarded

The Mahabibo Integrated Health Centre, in Madagascar, and the Pambal Health Station, in Senegal, where medical students from Laval University do internships each year, have been selected as the winners of the first edition of the CCISD – Pierre Viens Award.

This annual prize aims to recognize the contribution of not-for-profit organizations that take in interns from the Faculty of Medicine or the Faculty of Nursing of Laval University to the improvement of populations' health. An initial contribution of $20,000 was planned, but following a recommendation from the jury, CCISD’s management agreed to award two prizes totalling $25,000. 

Recipients respectively received $18,200 and $6,800 for the implementation of projects that will contribute to improving the quality of services available to pregnant women and newborns, giving them the opportunity to offer strengthened obstetric and neonatal care, as well as more stimulating training environments.

‘’ CCISD, which has been working in collaboration with Université Laval since 1987, attaches great importance to the transfer of knowledge. It was important for us to support facilities that, despite many challenges, find ways to host Quebec’s future generation of health professionals and to contribute to its training ’’, explains Robert Beaudry, CCISD’s General Manager.

Promising Projects

Launched last February, the CCISD – Pierre Viens Award issued a call for proposals open to the 23 organizations that take in interns from the Faculty of Medicine or the Faculty of Nursing under a partnership agreement that has been signed with Laval University's International Office for at least 2 years. These organizations were invited to submit projects designed to contribute to improving the health of the populations they serve through tangible, tailored actions. The Mahabibo Integrated Health Centre and Pambal Health Station’s proposals were selected among a total of 9 submissions.

The first plans to strengthen care for pregnant women in an improved environment through the rehabilitation of the health centre’s sanitation infrastructures (showers, sinks and toilets) and the purchase of equipment for the delivery of quality basic emergency obstetric and neonatal care (tensiometers, suction cups, bag-valve mask, etc.) as well as by providing health workers with training in obstetrical ultrasound. On the other hand, the second aims to improve the health of mothers and newborns by conducting outreach activities and by acquiring the equipment required for the adequate management of obstetric and neonatal emergencies.

‘’ We are very pleased with the quantity and quality of the proposals received for this first year, said Mr. Beaudry. It was refreshing and very interesting to see initiatives developed by the health facilities themselves. We are hopeful that the recipient organizations will make good use of the funds allocated to them. ‘’

The 2016 CCISD – Pierre Viens Award was the first edition of a five-year programme. This year’s jury was made up of Robert Beaudry, CCISD’s General Manager, Dr. Jacques Girard, Director of the Global Health Branch at the Faculty of Medicine, Ms. Anne Guichard, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Nursing, and Dr. Pierre Viens, Retired Professor at Laval University and Founder of CCISD.

Additional information on the CCISD – Pierre Viens Award can be found here.