29 September 2011
Honourable senators, I am pleased to speak today
about the Canadian Foundation for Women's Health, whose mission is to promote
the health of women in Canada and around the world through research, education
and advocacy in obstetrics and gynecology.
The Foundation is a national non-profit organization that raises funds in
support of women's sexual and reproductive health. It is the charitable arm
of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. With the support
of individuals, corporations and medical organizations, the foundation supports
the society's programs and funds research projects to improve women's health at
all stages of life. These areas of research include preterm labour; safe pregnancies;
postpartum depression; gestational diabetes; infertility; hysterectomy; safe
delivery and newborn health; and treatment of breast, ovarian, cervical and
The foundation supports international women's health programs by funding
training programs for health professionals in developing countries to improve
maternal and newborn health and reduce the incidence of cervical cancer.
Support for the foundation means support for mothers and newborns, and helps
ensure that women have access to comprehensive care and information.
This fall, the foundation will hold its first walk in support of pregnant
women. "Bumps on the Road - A 9K Walk for Pregnancy" will take place on October 23. I invite Canadians
to visit the foundation's website at www.cfwh.org.