April 2018 Newsletter

Message from CanWaCH Executive Director, Helen Scott:

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April is an important month for our Partnership as we prepare for our upcoming Beyond 2020: An Agenda for Canadian Leadership in Women and Children’s HealthConference. It is a ‘must-attend’ event for any organization or individual planning to implement women and children’s health projects and/or programs post-2020. The Conference Emcee will be Caroline Codsi, founder ofWomen in Governance and we are excited to announce that Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development will deliver the closing keynote speech.
Last year, our Global Adolescent Health Conference’s hashtag was a top trending hashtag during the days of the conference, so follow along and engage again this year using #CanWaCH2020 (#CanSFE2020 in French) and be a part of the conversation! You can also live stream the event by registering here for the webcast.
We look forward to hosting all of you in Ottawa from April 18-19. You can find Conference materials, including the preliminary program and information on the First Annual CanWaCH Awards for Canadian Excellence in Women and Children’s Health, on our Conference page.  We are very excited about the launch of our first annual awards. We will reveal the award winners in Leadership, Gender Equality, Measuring Impact and Youth Advocacy during our Facebook live event, starting at 6:15 pm on April 18th.
Until then, we wish you all the best.

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Helen Scott
CanWaCH Webinar to Unveil our Public Engagement Campaign to our Members

Today, CanWaCH hosted a Member webinar with NATIONAL Public Relations to unveil our upcoming public engagement campaign. The campaign will be launched for our Members at our Beyond 2020 Conference later this month and on social media in May. For anyone unable to attend today’s webinar, a recording will soon be added to our YouTube channel.

Recap of CanWaCH and OCIC Webinar on Global Affairs Call for Preliminary Proposals, Partnerships for Her Voice, Her Choice 

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On March 26, CanWaCH hosted an interactive webinar together with OCIC, to support Members in preparing for the Global Affairs Canada (GAC) Call for Preliminary Proposals, Partnerships for Her Voice, Her Choice. The webinar covered the call’s criteria, opportunities for partnerships and collaboration, a discussion on planned proposals and resource-sharing from CanWaCH and OCIC. A summary of the questions that were asked during the call was shared with GAC. For Members still working on their submissions, please see our google document for resources and useful contact information. For further information, please contact Jessica Ferne.

Deliver for Good’s April Theme: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights 
Women Deliver’s April “Deliver for Good” theme is Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). Women Deliver is calling on all of us to work toward a world in which all girls and women are able to enjoy a life of choice, agency, and equality without fear of stigma, discrimination, or violence. This means investing in programs and policies that increase access to stigma-free health services, protect individual rights and sexuality and promote comprehensive sexuality education. You can find out more about the monthly theme, plus access resources including communications and advocacy tools, on Women Deliver’s Deliver for Good page.
Global Citizen Concert Champions the Health of Women and Children Around the World 

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Global Citizen Canada launched a petition calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to ensure that Canada is a leader for women and children’s health around the world. Signatories to the petition had the chance to enter to attend the concert, happening today in Vancouver, headlined by Sam Roberts Band.

The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia will deliver a message at the concert promoting health and agriculture, and there will be a special video message on Women Deliver 2019 by Katja Iversen. Follow the concert on social media using the hashtags #GlobalCitizenLive and#BetheGeneration.

Call for Abstracts Open for the Canadian Conference on Global Health
The 2018 Canadian Conference on Global Health (CCGH), presented by the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) in partnership with CanWaCH is pleased to announce the theme for this year’s conference: Fragile Environments and Global Health. The Call for Abstracts is open with a submissiondeadline of May 31st. The conference organizers are also seeking sponsors – click here for more information on sponsorship opportunities. The conference will be held in Toronto, November 19-21, 2018. For more information visit the conference web page
“Working Together” To Save Lives

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On April 11th, as part of the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights, the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) launched a series of videos that chronicle the successful partnership between CAM and the Tanzania Midwives Association (TAMA). Generously funded by theSanofi Espoir Foundation, the videos examine the important role the partnership and training play in empowering the reproductive choices of women and also how they save lives.
“We are committed to ensuring that the voices of southern midwifery associations meaningfully inform global maternal, newborn and child health programming…” said Katrina Kilroy, President of CAM. You can watch the videos from CAM’s YouTube Channel

Save the Date: Upcoming Webinar on Female Genital Cutting

On May 23rd at 11:00 am EDT, CanWaCH will be hosting a webinar with Amref Health Africa in Canada and the Orchid Project on female genital cutting, in an effort to share information, successful partnerships and ideas for understanding the impact of FGC on your global health projects. Registration and event details will be available in the events section of our website soon!

AIDS 2018 – Call for stories for 22nd International AIDS Conference
The Canadian Society for International Health is leading the design, development, and coordination of the Canada Exhibit at the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands. As part of their efforts to highlight the stories of those with lived experience of HIV/ AIDS at the Exhibit, CSIH is looking for stories, photos and videos from Canadians and Canadian organizations. Click here to access the official Call for stories and Consent Form.
CCISD Releases New DÉCLIC Project Videos 
The Centre for International Cooperation in Health and Development (CCISD) recently launched new videos highlighting the work of their DÉCLIC Project, which is focused on increasing the number of trained first-line health workers in Mali and providing future doctors and paramedics with training adapted to the health needs of local populations. Check out video 1 and video 2 to see how this initiative contributes to strengthening the Malian health system.
Join RESULTS Canada May 5-7 for their Conference ‘Grassroots to Global: A Movement for Change’

Come make connections with citizen advocates and experts in global health for an unforgettable weekend in Ottawa that will teach you advocacy skills to help you make positive change. Register now to take part in inspirational panels with phenomenal speakers such as Stephen Lewis of AIDS-Free World, Marie-Eve Marchand of CCIC and former MP Svend Robinson. Register today and join their global movement: bit.ly/2018RCregister.


10 reasons to invest in the Global Financing Facility, by the Global Financing Facility
Abortion Worldwide 2017: Uneven Progress and Unequal Access, by Guttmacher Institute
A Canadian North Star: Crafting an Advanced Economy Approach to the Sustainable Development Goals, by Margaret Biggs and John W. McArthur 
Exploring multi-sector programming at the sub-national level in Senegal, Nepal and Kenya, by Tui Swinnen, et al.
The Lancet Taskforce on NCDs and economics, by The Lancet
Mortality in older children and adolescents: the forgotten ones, by Harish Nair et al. for The Lancet
OECD Guidelines for Responsible Business Conduct & Sector-Specific Guidance – A Manual for Canada, by Global Compact Network Canada
Pneumonia Vaccines – Secret Weapons in the War on Poverty, by the International Vaccine Access Center
Progress for Every Child in the SDG Era, by UNICEF
Progressing National SDGs Implementation: An independent assessment of the voluntary national review reports submitted to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in 2017, Second Edition in an annual series commissioned by civil society organizations
To build a brighter future, invest in women and girls, by Jim Yong Kim, World Bank 
The upcoming UN general assembly resolution on tuberculosis must also benefit children, by Anne K Detjen et al., for The Lancet


April 15-19: 11th International Symposium on Pneumococci & Pneumococcal Diseases, Melbourne, Australia
April 17-18: CanWaCH Conference: Beyond 2020: An Agenda for Canadian Leadership in Women and Children’s Health, Ottawa 
April 20: Partners in Health Canada, Bending the Arc Film Screening, Ottawa
April 23: RESULTS Canada & UK, Risks and Opportunities – Transition and the Future Landscape of Global Health Funding, Webinar
April 24: Sight and Life, Behavior Change Communication, Webinar 1 of 4
April 24-30: World Immunization Week
April 25: World Malaria Day
April 27: W7 Visions for the G7, Ottawa
May 5-7: RESULTS Canada, 2018 RESULTS Canada National Conference, Ottawa
May 10: The Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition, Adapting Interventions, Webinar
May 21-26: World Health Assembly, Geneva
May 23: International Day to End Obstetric Fistula 
May 24-25: Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Indigenous Health Conference, Mississauga ON 
May 28-June 2: 36th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Malmö, Sweden
June 9-12: Nutrition 2018 Conference, Boston
June 11-22: McGill University, McGill Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health, Montreal
June 12: Devex, Devex World Conference, Washington D.C.
June 20: World Refugee Day
June 23-27Rotary Convention, Toronto
July 28: World Hepatitis Day
August 12: International Youth Day
August 19: World Humanitarian Day
October 11: International Day of the Girl Child
October 15: International Day of Rural Women
October 16: World Food Day
October 17-19: Canadian Association of Midwives, 2018 Canadian Association of Midwives Conference and AGM, Gatineau QC
October 22-24: UN World Data Forum 2018, Dubai
November 10-14: American Public Health Association, APHA 2018 EXPO, San Diego
November 12: World Pneumonia Day
November 12-15: Fifth International Conference on Family Planning, Kigali, Rwanda
November 14: World Diabetes Day
November 19: World Toilet Day
November 19-21: CSIH and CanWaCH, Canadian Conference on Global Health: Fragile environments and Global Health: Examining drivers of change, Toronto
November 20: Universal Children’s Day
December 5-6: Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Children’s Health, 2018 Partners Forum, New Delhi



April 12, 2018