Conversation with Jean Chamberlain-Froese

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Jean Chamberlain-Froese is an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University.  She is an internationally recognized expert and consultant in women's health for the Canadian government and international agencies.

Chamberlain is the founder and executive director of  Save the Mothers, an international organization dedicated to decrease maternal mortality and morbidity in low income countries. She has volunteered in some of the world's poorest countries including Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Pakistan and Uganda to make childbirth a safer experience. She is involved in many  collaborative projects and research aimed at reducing maternal mortality around the world.

In 2004, she also developed the first African Master of Public Health Leadership curriculum for multi-disciplinary learners at Uganda Christian University which graduates 30 students a year.

She has won numerous awards in recognition of her dedication and outstanding contributions including the International Community Service Award from Federation of International Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 2006,  The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada presented her with the Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award in 2009 followed by the Prix d'Excellence and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. She received an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Waterloo and the Mission Legacy Award from the Sisters of Hamilton Ontario in 2013. She received the Order of Canada in 2014.


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