Ethiopian Ambassador Nasise Challi recent visit to Toronto included a meeting at SickKids with Dr. Stanley Zlotkin and Brian Smith of Global Child Health program.Samson Arega Ethiopian Airlines Canada Country Manager introduced Ambassador Nasise Challi to Brian Smith, Director, SickKids Centre for Global Child and Dr. Stanley Zlotkin Chief of the Centre for Global Child Health.
Dr. Stanley Zlotkin and Brian Smith shared information about the Global Child Health program, a dedicated hub for global child health-focused activities at SickKids. The Centre supports the global agenda for newborn, child and adolescent health through collaborative research grounded in scholarship, sustainable capacity building through education, the use of evidence to inform policy development, and advocacy for improved health for children and families.
Ambassador Nasise Challi thanked Dr.Zlotkin and Mr.Smith for all the work and shared how the support in Ethiopia is needed.
“You are filling a huge gap by provided the resources both on clinical and research,” said Ambassador Challi. She further added the importance of reaching out to remote areas in Ethiopia that do require support.
“All of these important partnerships willing to support is the change we all aspire to see,” said Ambassador Challi.
“It was a great meeting. The opportunity for the Ambassador to meet with Dr. Zlotin and Mr.Smith allowed for not only a better understanding of the program, but it also opened the doors for further discussions, ” said Samson Arega Ethiopian Airlines Canada Country Manager.
“Our work to improve the lives of children and their families in resource-constrained environments, including Ethiopia, could not be done without many important partnerships and sponsors. We greatly appreciate the support of the Ethiopian Ambassador to Canada, Her Excellency Nasise Challi Jira and the generosity of Ethiopian Airlines in providing donated flights to our staff allowing them to accomplish our goals within our limited budgets,” Dr. Stanley Zlotkin.
Ethiopian Airlines is a proud sponsor of SickKids, providing donated flights to the Global Child Health program and the Herbie Fund as part of our ongoing support.
Dr. Stanley Zlotkin is the inaugural Chief of the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health and provides oversight for all Centre activities. A world-renowned expert in maternal, newborn and child health.
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Photo above left to right: Berhane G Weldemichael, Trade, Investment & Tourism Promotion Counsellor, Legesse Geremew Haile, deputy head of mission, Ethiopian Embassy, Dr. Stan Zlotkin Chief of the Centre for Global Child Health, Ambassador Nasise Challi, Samson Arega Ethiopian Airlines Canada Country Manager, Brian Smith, Director, SickKids Centre for Global Child, Abraham M.Gemechu 2nd Secretary, Bilateral Relations & Development Cooperation