• GFF: Generating health for all

    Global Familymed Foundation supports Family Medicine training where access to quality health care is limited. Family Medicine graduates provide primary health care, which addresses the main health problems in the community; providing preventive, curative and rehabilitative services. We bring quality health care to those who need it the most. Donate here

  • Upcoming Events

    Join us for fundraising and fun at these upcoming events:

    Christine was one of TEDxYYC speakers in 2015. She spoke about the Nepal earthquake and lessons learned about expertise. You can watch the talk here.

    Join us for our 2018 winter concert: local band Scruffyfish uses West-African inspired beats and magical instruments. Your $25 ticket (more gets a larger tax receipt) includes cozy snacks at this afternoon show February 25th. See you there!

    Our third annual Fun Run and Walk will be on May 6th, 2018 at Glenmore Park (near the Sailing Club). Support "health for all" while getting healthy yourself! Family, friends, pets all welcome.

    The folks at GFF are going to launch a Global cookbook! We are looking for contributors for recipes, photos, or stories around the world.

  • PechaKucha Night talk:

    Rebalancing Global Aid

    PKN YYC gave us an opportunity to describe why GFF was formed

  • Annual Fun Walk and Run

    Our Family Fun Day lets you "walk in their shoes":

    our third Fun Run at South Glenmore Park

    May 6, 2018

    starting line at the sailing club

    walk or run the 5km path

    stations with "global-themed" children's activities

    (facepainting, coloring-reading stations)

    narratives telling you how to "walk in their shoes".

    Register through the Running Room site!


    How far would a person in rural Uganda or Nepal have to walk to see a doctor? Let's work together to walk for a good cause… and shorten that distance.


    Click HERE for a document showing FAQ.

  • What we do

    • Educate medical professionals on the prevention of, and curative measures for, health issues arising in developing countries.

    • Provide scholarships to doctors in training.

    • Organize and hold medical faculty development conferences.

    • Educate and instruct about public health and advance medical education in developing countries.

    • Conduct and publish research on public health issues, on the evaluation of the impact of training programs, and on the health of communities in developing countries.

    • Educate the public about the impact of poverty on health.


    The East Africa Family Medicine Initiative has been spearheaded by GFF for four years, and as of October 2015 transformed into the College of Family Physicians of Eastern and Central Africa. We have sponsored delegates from Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania to attend an annual collaborative meeting. Bringing emerging leaders in Family Medicine together has created momentum and strong partnerships in the region. Learn about other ways to support East African Family Medicine training by watching this video.

    Resident tuition in Uganda: Winnie

    Dr. Winnie Ayenyo is the third scholarship recipient from GFF in Kampala, Uganda. We will be funding her tuition and research (on comprehensive geriatric exams - how exciting that in Uganda they are focusing on elderly populations). In her application, she wrote: " I am a resilient and hardworking young doctor and will always go an extra mile to achieve my dreams and desires. I was especially interested in counseling people and working with vulnerable populations whose access to health care has so many limitations." and she has certainly proved this to be true!

    Rural training in Nepal

    Patan Academy of Health Sciences is a medical school in the Kathmandu valley that is dedicated to serving rural communities. They dedicate a quarter of their training to serving and learning in rural and underserved communities. GFF has raised over $40,000 towards the running of PAHS medical school and hospital, we have provided a library of Family and General Medicine books for their GP training program, and we are now in discussions about assisting with an annual conference for their rural graduates. Click here to hear about the benefits of rural training from one of the PAHS students. We did an interview with him at Nuwakot right before the earthquake crushed the hospital.

    Academic consultation         

    in Myanmar

    The Myanmar Medical Association created a College of Family Medicine in 2014. Christine used GFF-created materials for two workshops to facilitate their curriculum development for this innovative training in Yangon. Creating an academic program that is context-driven and focuses on patient-centered care was our joint objective.

    Building facilities for faculty and students in rural Uganda

    It's been over 30 years since Dr. John Ross partnered from Memorial (Newfoundland) with Makerere (Kampala) in establishing a community-based teaching site in Tororo. In those years, the housing built for staff and for students has been decimated by termites. Training in rural areas takes dedication, but students and supervisors also need a roof over their heads. It's challenging enough working in rural conditions; help GFF raise funds to rebuild a strong foundation for community training.

    (We are working on an arrangement between us and the local University to appease CRA so that we are transparent about how this building is constructed, so this project is currently on hold.)

    Resident Tuition in Uganda: Lillian

    Dr. Lillian Mukisa is a second-year resident in Family Medicine at Makerere, who is completing with honors. She was working in Public Health after a Masters, but missed the clinical work and exposure to patients. Her background in Public Health means that she is exceptional at considering the context of a person's illness experience - she is doing her resident research project on "finding common ground" between physicians and their patients. We look forward to learning a lot from Lillian's work, while we sponsor her tuition to complete the program.

    Academic consultation

    in Gondar, Ethiopia

    The Ministry of Health in Ethiopia has recognized Family Medicine as critical to the delivery of high-quality primary care. Gondar University will be starting a residency training program shortly, and so three of us affiliated with GFF ran a workshop to stimulate a discussion for the specialist teachers, helping them understand the principles of Family Medicine that might apply in their setting. This workshop was designed by friends at the Besrour Centre of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

  • Core values

    All of GFF's activities reflect our core values


    GFF believes that education is the best way to build a better community. Better training for physicians, training that makes them competent and compassionate, will serve the community.


    Projects that are grassroots and locally-driven create sustainability. We foster initiatives brought to us by passionate local leaders, so that capacity for educational programs is created before we leave.


    GFF strives for relationships that are transparent and mutually respectful. We believe all partners should benefit from joint activities. We engage in pan-Canadian partnerships, bringing the best suited people to our projects.

    Family Medicine

    We have seen first-hand how a solid primary-care system changes health outcomes, patient satisfaction, and system costs. Family Medicine trains physicians to be community-minded, to look at both preventative and curative aspects of health, and to build strong relationships with patients and communities.

  • Did you read about our ED working in Nepal during the earthquake and you want to help?

    The best way to donate is to a local organization, who will use 100% of the funds for what they know is needed most. We are working with Patan Academy of Health Sciences, which serves the rural poor communities by training high-quality health care workers dedicated to remote villages. These were the hardest hit by the earthquakes - one of their training hospitals in Nuwakot collapsed and 40 patients died at that site. Even now, in 2017, the Patan hospital is struggling to restock supplies.


    The easiest way is to donate directly to us! GFF will send everything in our "Nepal Relief" through CanadaHelps to Patan Hospital so you can get a tax receipt.


    See Christine's interviews:

    on CBC

    with Global

    in National Post

  • Our Team

    All GFF members are volunteers. None of your donations go to administrative costs or salaries. We volunteer to work overseas and use University or other funding  to leverage our own costs there.

    Christine Gibson MD FCFP Masters in Medical Education

    Executive Director

    Nicole Davis

    Certified Human Resources Executive


    Samina Warraich


    Director, Treasurer

    Sam Cie-Wun Chiuk


    Karolina Karalowski MD


    Farah Ladak MPH

    Public Health, Policies

    Kelsey Shea


    Harshitha Gunawardena MD CCFP



    Kanagalingam MD CCFP


    Russell Dawe MD CCFP

    Memorial University

    Senior Advisor


    Prof Bob Woollard Family Medicine UBC

    Senior Advisor

    Alice Cavalcanti

    Volunteer, Photographer

  • GFF partners with ImPaper to create "get well soon" cards

    ImPaper is a local Calgary company that makes adorable cards and posters with ImPactful charitable donations. They have chosen GFF as a recipient of their wellness cards. Have a look at the catalog, which shows the selection and the display box. Buy them wholesale for a discount by emailing their team at wellness@impaper.co

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  • Join Us!

    GFF is a Canadian registered charity (business number 852083682RR0001) and provides great volunteer opportunities. We are always looking for people to join our organization. Whether it's local fundraising or spreading the word, logistics help with our overseas projects, or volunteering to work with our partners in medical education in Africa or Asia... we'd love to hear from you.


    Email: globalfamilymed@gmail.com

    Thank you

    Thanks for your ongoing support as we find more great projects and strengthen existing ones. GFF extends appreciation to our wonderful funding partners:

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