Local doctors’ work has big benefits

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This article was published 10/03/2015 (2819 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently met with Bill Gates in Ottawa to discuss how to further leverage the strong leadership that Canada has demonstrated in promoting maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) in order to ensure that it remains a global development priority.

I was very pleased that Winnipeg South Centre residents, Dr. Meghan Azad and Dr. Allan Ronald, were both able to attend this important meeting and represent the MNCH leaders we have here in Manitoba.

Dr. Azad studies developmental origins of health and disease. Her research draws on data collected under the umbrella of the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) study, which tracks the lives of 3,500 children in Canada who were born between 2010 and 2012.

Supplied photo Winnipeg South Centre MP Joyce Bateman, Bill Gates and Minister of International Development Christian Paradis. Gates recently visited Ottawa to discuss Canada’s role in promoting maternal, newborn and child health.

Her latest research study involves investigating whether the bacteria found in the intestines of newborns plays a role in the development of conditions and diseases such as allergies, Type 2 diabetes, obesity, and asthma.

Dr. Ronald is an internationally renowned expert in infectious disease. He has been instrumental in the investigation into sexually transmitted infections in Africa, particularly in the fields of HIV/AIDS.

While tremendous progress has been made, much work remains. To this end, the Prime Minister and Mr. Gates together renewed the call for focused global political leadership and sustained financial
commitments to ensure that MNCH remains a central development priority as the world moves beyond 2015.

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