Reflections from Osler’s Global Health India Trip

After 17 days of observing, learning, teaching and sharing with health care professionals and students in India and Pakistan, Osler’s third Global Health team returned home with a wealth of experiences and insights to share.

The Sun Life Financial Osler Global Health Program is part of Osler’s Vision to provide patient-inspired health care without boundaries. It’s a way to contribute our expertise in other countries while gaining a deeper understanding of the patients we serve at home. India and the Punjab region is the homeland of nearly 40 per cent of those who live in the communities served by Osler.

In India, the team focused on strengthening partnerships with the Dayanand Medical College & Hospital in Ludhiana city, and Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Ayurvedic Medical College & Hospital in Sarabha village. They worked with staff, physicians, and residents in Mental Health and Addictions, and Emergency Medicine, sharing ways to advance current practices. They also helped host medical camps for local villagers, providing assessments and treatment for mental health and addictions challenges, and diabetes education and screening.

The Osler team also visited health care facilities run by two sister organizations in Karachi, Pakistan. The ChildLife Foundation, operates several free paediatric emergency departments, and SINA Trust runs primary care clinics in some of the poorest areas of the city. The Osler team observed and helped out, impressed by the quality of patient care and the role of families in caring for their loved ones in hospital.

The learnings from this trip will benefit patients in both continents, encouraging new policies around the family’s role in supporting their loved one in hospital; motivating Osler to share knowledge and resources with our global partners; and sparking joint educational initiatives and research projects. We’ve made tremendous progress and look forward to our next trip, in spring 2018.