CCISD-Pierre Viens Award: Launching of the Third Edition!

For the third year in a row, organizations hosting students from Laval University’s Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Nursing for their internship have had the opportunity to submit their application for the CCISD - Pierre Viens Award.

The initiative, launched in February 2016, recognizes the contribution of these organizations towards the improvement of their communities’ health. The sum of $CA 20,000 is granted to one or two recipients in order to support them in the development of projects that are designed to meet people’s health needs, particularly the needs of women, children and their families.

Tangible actions for the sake of the community

The 2017 Edition rewarded, once again, not one, but two organizations with projects aimed to provide physical and functional rehabilitation to disabled children and to support improved healthcare for women and children. The recipients each received $CA 12 000 and $CA 8 000.

The Thanh Tam Disabled Children’s Centre (TTDCC), in Vietnam, is the recipient of the grand prize. TTDCC is a treatment and education centre that meets the special needs of children, adolescents and young adults, aged 3 to 25. The prize’s monetary compensation allowed the Centre to complete its community-based physical and functional rehabilitation project. Among other things, this project allowed for two screening sessions for children aged 0 to 6 in the rural district of Hoa Quy in Da Nang city and the commune of Duy Nghia in the province of Quang Nam. As a result, 70 disabled children were identified. Furthermore, the quality of life of the centre’s children has been significantly improved through the purchase of equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs and hearing aids. In addition, TTDCC printed 500 pamphlets and 100 pages of therapeutic exercises to raise awareness for the local collaborators, parents and villagers. Finally, training for 70 families was carried out by the centre’s team. This training focuses on disabilities, general hygiene rules, educational tasks and stimulating the development of children with disabilities from a young age until they go to school.  

On the other hand, the Boussole de la Cité (BC-ONG) organization, in Benin, won the second place. The organization’s mission is to mobilize the local population, in particular youth, women and community-based groups, in an effort to support development activities in the areas of good governance, education, communication, health, environment and the promotion of income-generating activities. Thanks to the funds received through the award, BC-ONG was able to purchase three delivery tables, three phlegm vacuums and two baby scales. The organization also continued the production of interactive radio shows on themes such as maternal and child health; water, sanitation and hygiene; the prevention and treatment of malaria, etc.

The nomination period for the 2018 CCISD - Pierre Viens Award closed on March 30. This year, eight organizations have submitted their application. Winner(s) of this year’s edition will be officially announced in May, as soon as the review board will have made its decision.