How do you provide adequate maternal health care in a country where medical personnel and supplies are few and where rates of maternal and infant mortality, HIV, tuberculosis and family poverty are amongst the highest in the world?
That topic and more will be discussed as Pedrinah Thistle, a Zimbabwean midwife and clinical health care educator, and her husband Dr. Paul Thistle, a Canadian-trained obstetrician/gynaecologist and surgeon, take part in a Free Community Forum at the Beth Israel Synagogue June 25 at 7 p.m.
Relationships that Heal will be an intimate Q & A that will examine the importance of relationship building when providing health care on the frontlines of the world’s HIV crisis, in a country where medical personnel and supplies are scarce and where politics, food supply and the electrical grid are anything but stable.
Peterborough Family Medicine Resident Physician Dr. Michelle Fraser
During his 16 years as chief medical officer at Howard Hospital in rural Zimbabwe, Dr. Thistle leveraged relationships with fellow Canadian medical professionals and donors to fund leading– edge work in maternal health and HIV/AIDS intervention. A small but passionate group of grassroots donors in Peterborough has spent more than a decade supporting Paul and Pedrinah, raising more than $200,000 for programs that helped send orphans to school and equipped hospitals with much needed medicine, equipment and infrastructure.
Paul and Pedrinah have since settled into their new positions at the Karanda Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe. Their Peterborough donors continue to support their work. The June 25th forum will aim to build awareness about the dire situation in Zimbabwe while offering an opportunity to support the pair’s ongoing work.
Donations will be accepted, but are not necessary.
What: Relationships that Heal – a Free Community Forum When: Thursday, June 25 beginning at 7 p.m.
Where: Beth Israel Synagogue, 775 Weller St.