Both CAM and the Canadian Foundation for Women's Health (CFWH) recognize that Haïti has the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the Western Hemisphere and recognize the vital role that midwives play in the improvement of child and maternal health in the country.
The Ghislaine Francoeur Fund was launched in 2008 by the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) in partnership with the Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health (CFWH).
Established in the name of Madame Ghislaine Francoeur, midwife and educator at the École Nationale d’Infirmieres Sages-Femmes in Port-au-Prince, Haïti, the fund’s purpose is to contribute in the reduction of maternal and infant mortality and to promote the development of midwifery and of midwifery education in Haïti.
Your generous donation will assist in capacity building projects and in projects that directly aid midwives or midwifery students in educational, professional and community development.
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If you require a tax deductible receipt (available for donations of $50 or more only), please donate through the CFWH website.On the CFWH website click on DONATE NOW> and scroll down to the Ghislaine Francoeur Fund. You will then be able to donate through Paypal. The CFWH will provide a charitable receipt.
Send your donations by cheque directly to the Canadian Association of Midwives. Please make all cheques payable to the Canadian Association of Midwives and clearly indicate on the memo line that it is for the Ghislaine Francoeur Fund. Mail cheques to:
Canadian Association of Midwives
C/O Ghislaine Francoeur Fund
59 rue Riverview
Montréal, QC H8R 3R9
Please note that CAM cannot issue any charitable receipts at this time. If you require a tax deductible receipt (available for donations of $50 or more only), please donate directly through the CFWH website.
For questions or comments, please contact the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) at (514) 807-3668 or [email protected]
All funds donated to the Ghislaine Francoeur Fund will go towards the development of midwifery and midwifery education in Haïti.Back to top
Madame Francoeur was the founding Director of the École Nationale d’Infirmieres Sages-Femmes in Haïti. She was dedicated to educating midwives who would make a difference in her country where maternal and infant mortality rates are amongst the highest in the Western Hemisphere. In the spring of 2008, CAM nominated Madame Francoeur for the prestigious Marie Goubran Award given by ICM to a midwife for “demonstrating leadership potential and commitment to childbearing women and their families in countries with special needs and limited funding opportunities”. The nomination was successful and she received the news of this ICM award with humility and delight, and was very proud the global midwifery community had recognized Haïti.
In the midst of making preparations to travel to the 2008 ICM Triennium in Glasgow, Scotland to receive the award, Madame Francoeur was killed in a tragic accident.
In recognition of this extraordinary woman, CAM in partnership with the Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health established a charitable fund to provide support to the development of midwifery and midwifery education in Haïti. In 2009, close to six thousand dollars were raised through fundraising events and charitable donations.
Projects in 2010 will be targeting the reinstatement of midwifery education after the earthquake that has devastated Haïti and deeply affected the rest of the world.Back to top
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