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Celebrating 30 years

Founded in 1986 by the Sisters of St. Joseph’s of Hamilton, The St. Joseph’s Health System International Outreach Program (IOP) will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. It first formed through a small partnership with the government of Dominica and gradually expanded to start projects in Haiti in 1992, and ...

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Q and A with Alan Sharpe

The St. Joseph’s Health System International Outreach Program (IOP) is unlike any other program in North America. The IOP brings doctors from foreign countries to Hamilton to train them in the latest Canadian medicine. What differentiates the IOP is that it allows the visiting doctors to diagnose illnesses, prescribe medicine ...

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Specializing in Canada to inspire young doctors back home

Dr. Jackie Zirabamuzaale works at a teaching hospital at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. She is involved in patient care as well as teaching students gastroenterology – caring for the digestive system. Currently Zirabamuzaale is studying and working in Hamilton with the St. Joseph’s Health System International Outreach Program. The ...

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Learning in Canada to care for the elderly back home

Dr. Harriet Nankabirwa works at Mulago Hospital as well as Makerere University, both in the Ugandan capital, Kampala. She works in geriatrics (medical care for the elderly) and she came to Hamilton through the International Outreach Program to further her skills as a geriatrician, a discipline of medicine she says ...

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Making a world of difference: Dr. Peace Bagasha

St. Joseph’s Health System’s International Outreach Program (IOP) is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The IOP is unlike any other program in Canada. The program brings doctors to Hamilton to train them on the latest medical practices. The doctors come from countries such as, Guyana, Haiti and Uganda. What differentiates IOP ...

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Ugandan doc studies in Hamilton to heal those at home

In a small laboratory at Hamilton’s St. Joseph’s Hospital, Dr. Clement Okello sits peering into one of many microscopes that run in a line down the centre of the room. Okello turns some knobs on the scope to bring the white blood cells under the magnification lens into focus. For ...

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