Starting in 2021, the GHP is adopting a focused approach to facilitating global health learning experiences for Faculty of Medicine learners. To do this, the GHP is developing and strengthening new and existing partnerships with international academic institutions in low- and middle-income countries.

A strategy for partnership assessment has been developed with input from the GHP’s Global Health Advisory Committee, drawing on frameworks for ethical global health partnerships that emphasize Canadian global health principles such as:alignment with partner priorities,ethical rights based and reciprocal considerations, shared accountability and benefits, and shared development goals and values.

Additional information and partners will be added as agreements are formalized.  

If you are interested in a Global Health partnership with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, please refer to our process for new partnerships.

uOttawa supports the Brocher Declaration

Through the Faculty of Medicine, the University of Ottawa has become the first Canadian university to endorse a new set of principles intended to guide policy on short-term global health work, which too often fails to consider the needs of a host community and occasionally causes more harm than good.

The Brocher Declaration outlines ethical concepts to steer educational exchanges, research trips and other global health activities typically done by teams from wealthy nations visiting locations considered low- or middle-income. The principles include accountability, working with cultural sensitivity, and empowering the hosts to define their needs. It also calls for capacity-building and sustainability to help chip away at global health inequities.

The 6 principles include: 
1) Mutual partnership with bidirectional input and learning 
2) Empowered host country and community define needs and activities 
3) Sustainable programs and capacity building 
4) Compliance with applicable laws, ethical standards, and code of conduct 
5) Humility, cultural sensitivity, and respect for all involved 
6) Accountability for actions  (Prasad et al., 2022)

The ethics of the Brocher Declaration are closely aligned with the Faculty of Medicine’s existing strategic priorities in global health and internationalization. Its endorsement also builds on the development of its new Global Health Partnership Strategy, authorized by Faculty of Medicine’s leadership.

Within that partnership strategy, the Global Health Program is focusing efforts on building equitable, sustainable partnerships. They will concentrate on the depth of engagements in specific regions rather than brief ones in multiple nations.

Prasad, S., Aldrink, M., Compton, B., Lasker, J., Donkor, P., Weakliam, D., Rowthorn, V., Mantey, E., Martin, K., Omaswa, F., Benzian, H., Clagua-Guerra, E., Maractho, E., Agyire-Tettey, K., Crisp, N., & Balasubramaniam, R. (2022). Global Health Partnerships and the Brocher Declaration: Principles for Ethical Short-Term Engagements in Global Health. Annals of global health, 88(1), 31.

Global Health partnerships


This elective in international health will allow you to choose your areas of interest and be supervised by Beninese and Canadian doctors in addition to working as a team with students and residents of Benin.

Visit the Office of Francophone Affairs webpage for more information


A partnership between the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMUCo) in Moshi, Tanzania was launched in 2022.

As part of this partnership, the IGHO and KCMUCo are offering a community health elective for four uOttawa medical students in June 2023. Please access the informational PDF (362 KB) for the description, eligibility criteria, and application form. 

Please contact [email protected] with questions.