What We Do

Money raised by Mining4Life goes toward programs that treat and prevent disease, build and maintain healthy living and promote and advance education.

We believe investing in children’s health today will help to build even stronger communities for tomorrow.

Current Projects

CHILDHOOD MALNUTRITION

A portion of our 2018 proceeds will support The Stunting Research Group at SickKids Hosptial to enable vital research into the prevention of childhood stunting. Children who grow poorly do not progress well in school and are at a lifetime risk of poor health. The Stunting Group is headed by Dr. Stanley Zlotkin who holds the Mining4Life Chair in Mineral Nutrition. This program is another aspect of his focus on the global epidemic of childhood malnutrition. We will also continue to support SickKids’ International Patient and Fellowships Programs which give children access to life-saving care while building future capacity to provide care closer to home.

SEPSIS PREVENTION

Our 2018 event proceeds will also be used to develop a pilot program aimed at reducing child mortality rates from sepsis through The Centre for International Child Health at BC Children’s Hospital. The Smart Discharges program is a set of tools that will be used to identify and treat vulnerable patients pre- and post-discharge. It is currently being tested in Uganda and an incredible 30% reduction in deaths has been recorded to date. Smart Discharges is an efficient and scalable program that can be implemented anywhere, and could mean a significant decrease in sepsis worldwide.

 

 

 

EDUCATION FOR GIRLS IN GHANA

A portion of our 2019 proceeds will support investing in girls and women around the world through Plan International Canada’s Education for Girls in Ghana project.

A child’s right to learn is not up for debate, yet more than 540,000 children and youth are currently out of school in Ghana, the majority of whom are girls. These children have missed out on a significant portion of their education due to poverty, migration and distance to the nearest school. In many cases, children, especially girls, are never enrolled or are absent for extended periods because household poverty requires them to contribute to their family’s income. When these children are finally able to return to school, they may be too old to enroll in the grade appropriate for their learning level.

Mining4Life’s donation will fund the final stages of a large-scale accelerated learning program to catch these children up on the time they have missed, so they can re-enter the formal school system and succeed in their education.

What’s more, our program partner, Educate a Child, will match any funds donated to this project five times over, so Mining4Life’s $500,000 investment will have the impact of $3,000,000.

 

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Past Projects

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MINING4LIFE CHAIR IN MINERAL NUTRITION

Over 2.5 million children die every year from malnutrition. It’s one of the world’s most pressing health issues.

That is why Mining4Life established a Chair in Mineral Nutrition which is held by Dr. Stanley Zlotkin, Chief of Global Child Health at SickKids Hospital. In 1995, Dr. Zlotkin created Sprinkles a micronutrient powder that would change the story on childhood malnutrition. Made from copper, iron, zinc and other minerals, simply adding it to food protects children against the ravishes of malnutrition.
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CAMPAIGN FOR BC CHILDREN

BC Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated full service pediatric care facility in British Columbia. Thanks to the Campaign for BC Children, a new state-of-the-art hospital opened its doors in October 2017.
The Teck Acute Care Centre will provide more room for patients and better involve parents and other family members in a child’s care. Mining4Life was a key contributor in funding the new hospital, and our support was recognized through the naming of The Mining4Life Inpatient Unit.
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CARIBBEAN PAEDIATRIC CANCER AND BLOOD PROGRAM

In the Caribbean, one out of every two children diagnosed with cancer does not survive. There is a need to improve early detection of cancer, and to provide more health education.
With the help of funds raised by Mining4Life, Caribbean countries are now providing specialized oncology and haematology training to paediatric nurses and professionals in a handful of communities. The goal is to increase rates of cancer detection and treatment, improving chances of survival for young patients across the region.
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GLOBAL SICKLE CELL DISEASE NETWORK

Every day, 1,000 children across Africa are born with Sickle Cell Disease. Half of them will die before their 5th birthday.
Sickle Cell Disease is a blood abnormality that causes haemoglobin to “clump” in a way that can lead to pain, infection, stroke, and multiple organ failure. Many African nations do not have the infrastructure necessary to treat this disease. The Global Sickle Cell Disease Network unites researchers and clinicians around the world to help find ways to treat the disease.
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AFRICA NURSING EDUCATION PROGRAM AND NO BOUNDARIES AFRICA

Training nurses can vastly improve healthcare programs in developing communities.

That’s why Mining4Life helps fund nurse training and network development through the No Boundaries Africa project. Its goal is to unite and train surgical teams to treat children with health issues. In Ghana, funds raised by Mining4Life are helping to educate new West African nurses in paediatric care, while in Ethiopia money is being used towards the development of a perioperative program at Addis Ababa University.

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PETER GILGAN CENTRE FOR RESEARCH AND LEARNING

Mining4Life is proud to sponsor the three-storey “neighbourhood” for molecules, cells and therapies at the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning.

This 21-storey tower is a place where researchers and students come together to share ideas that will help transform child health care. The centre, which is located in Toronto, Canada has the capacity to conduct 2,763 active clinical trials in 244 research labs.

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