With an active portfolio of 14 projects with competitive funding ($14.5m), CIET-PRAM members are nominated principal applicants on 8 projects (total $7.5m). Three Canadian projects emphasize cultural safety with Nunavimiut. One project codesigns interventions for Inuit women transferred to hospitals in Montreal for childbirth (CIHR $1.74m), another co-designing cultural safety training and procedures in health facilities in Nunavik (CIHR $1.89m). Both cultural safety projects are training opportunities for post-doctoral, doctoral and undergraduate (summer) students. 2024 will be the final reporting year of the Quebec Indigenous Health Research Mentorship Network involving six Quebec universities (CIHR $1m).
Two projects in Bauchi, northern Nigeria, build on our 16-year partnerships there. New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF $497,869) supports innovative knowledge translation approaches to inform evidence-based community-led decision-making for COVID-19 recovery. Another project tests the effect of Impact-oriented dialogue to improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Bauchi State, Nigeria (CIHR $1.43m).
Three projects in Botswana include an ethnographic study documenting the experiences of domestic human trafficking survivors in preparation for a larger prevention program addressing unpaid labour in homes and agricultural fields of other families (CIHR $100,000). Completing our third decade of research on prevention of gendered violence in southern Africa, we are piloting a new approach to prevention that addresses the continuum or culture of violence — including gender violence and youth suicide (CIHR $100,000). The pilot Authentic Participatory Research with Older Adults for Cognitive Health (APROACH) project in Botswana and Montreal will prepare for a major international randomized controlled trial (CIHR $888,165).
With our Colombian partners, CIET-PRAM supports Indigenous leaders in a national dialogue on traditional medicine in the national healthcare system. We supported a mentorship program led by traditional healers in the Colombian Amazon (Vaupés) to train apprentices and to reinforce initiation rites of girls and boys taking up traditional roles in their communities. Building on our successful Mexican experience with safe birth in cultural safety, we support evidence gathering on traditional self-care practices among pregnant women in Bogotá and on how public hospitals might provide health care that is more respectful of patient cultural practices.
In 2023, the members of CIET-PRAM published 14 peer-reviewed papers (https://pram.ca/home/publications/). Another of our PhD students successfully defended her thesis, while four PhD and two Master’s students continued their research projects. Two medical, one physiology, and one psychology student summer interns completed their stay with us by publishing their work in a reputable journal.