April 2019 Newsletter

In celebration of World Health Day 2019, and as part of the Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada, Canada’s global health community came together to host “Health for All: The Journey to Empower Every Woman and Child to Thrive”. Event attendees immersed themselves in the lives of women and children around the world through a curated art exhibit showcasing the health and nutrition initiatives being delivered by Canadian organizations. Remarks were delivered by the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, along with Julia Anderson, Acting Executive Director of the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health, and Barbara Nzigiye, Women Deliver Young Leader.

Missed the event? Check out the digital series! Starting today, Lead On Canada will feature a photo series from the event over the next ten days. Through this riveting series, you will have the opportunity to see Canadian contributions at every stage of a woman’s life. Join us on this digital journey from the first one thousand days of life through to later years as a community leader and elder. There is still a lot of work to be done to ensure a world where every woman and every child has the opportunity to thrive.

Want to take action? In March, Global Citizen and CanWaCH launched a call to action for Canadians and partners around the world to express their support for the Thrive Agenda. Canada is among the world’s leading champions for women, adolescent and children’s health and rights but our current commitment will end in 2020. As we prepare to welcome the world to Women Deliver in June, now is the time to press Canadian leaders to act. Join us here.

Calling all data nerds – the NEW Analytics Portal is now available!

As Spring blooms, so is the CanWaCH Project Explorer with its new Analytics Portal beta version! (French version will be available once beta testing is complete). The portal allows you to visualise data that has been shared by organizations working in the sector in a variety of creative ways. Check it out today!

Calling all CanWaCH members: Take part in our Data Drive!

Our spring data drive to update our Project Explorer is officially underway. Thank you so much to members who have already participated! Join the Data Drive and share your project information for it to be showcased at Women Deliver! There are three options for adding data to the Project Explorer:

  1. The Member Portal: log into your member account and go to Manage Projects to add or update the project’s information.

  2. The ProX webform: just fill out all relevant fields and hit send!

  3. The ProX Excel template: fill out all relevant fields and send it to us

Please contact Mélody Tondeur for more information.

Join the countdown to Women Deliver with the Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada’s Month of Action!

Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada is gearing up for its final two months in the lead up to Women Deliver 2019 through it’s Month of Action which will run for one month before the Conference. NOW is the time to plan your Women Deliver Mobilization events, actions, social media campaigns, and more. Here are three key tools to get you started:

  1. Register for the Mobilization Forum: The Forum is a place to connect with all Mobilizers to share info, ideas, questions etc. in the lead up to the Month of Action and the Conference. Email Caitlin Reid for more information.

  2. Funding Available: The Mobilization has funding for small organizations to host Mobilization events. Email the Mobilization to learn more!

  3. Track your actions: It is VITAL that the Mobilization is able to report on our collective impact in the lead up to the conference. To accurately do this, please take a minute to fill out this form and let us know what actions you have taken to support the Mobilization.

End FGM/C Pre-Conference at Women Deliver 2019

Are you registered for Women Deliver 2019 and engaged in work to end Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting around the world? Join us at the End FGM/C Pre-Conference on June 2, 2019, in Vancouver in association with Women Deliver 2019. The End FGM/C Pre-Conference will unite voices and bring together civil society around a global Call to Action to end FGM/C and support FGM/C survivors. Join 100 civil society organizations, champions, survivors and other grassroots representatives from across the globe to come together as a sector, to get to know others working globally across this issue, and discuss what is needed to accelerate ending FGM/C by 2030.

Call for Nominations: CanWaCH’s Public Engagement Working Group

Join CanWaCH’s Public Engagement Working Group (PEWG) and help build awareness of Canadian leadership in global health! Submit your nomination by 5 pm EST on Monday, April 15, 2019.

Nutrition International: Vitamin Eh?

Vitamin A can make a big difference in the life of a child. Two doses twice a year, for the first five years of life, can boost immunity, prevent early blindness and drastically increase the chances of survival. Join Nutrition International in celebrating the 10 Billionth Capsule. That’s 10 billion doses of vitamin A that have helped children grow and dream, contribute and lead. That 10 billion capsules of vitamin A helping to change the world for the better.

Partners in Health Canada: Proposed Path to Universal Health Coverage

Partners In Health has developed and tested a UHC Monitoring and Planning Tool to assist with the planning and implementation of health interventions. Organically over the past 12 years, PIH gathered key players to the table to discuss this bottom-up approach of planning for care delivery and subsequently developed an open-source tool they could use hand-in-hand with district health managers. Learn more about their proposed path to universal health coverage here.


Project Brief: Southern African Nutrition Initiative, CARE Canada

Budget 2019 Increases Canadian Investment in International Development, CanWaCH  

A Group of Teenage Girls are Helping End FGM in Ethiopia, Plan International Canada 

Call on Canada to Increase Funding for the Health and Rights of Women and Children, Global Citizen

Proposed Path to Universal Health Coverage, Partners in Health Canada

In an orderly Ethiopian camp, South Sudanese refugees face malnutrition, Action Against Hunger Canada

The Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund: Tropical Cyclone Idai, Global Affairs Canada

A social enterprise empowers women through menstrual hygiene and health, Grand Challenges Canada

Plan International Scales Up Response to Cyclone Idai Disaster, Plan International Canada

Opinion: Upcoming conference will be a springboard to increased equality for women, Minister Maryam Monsef, Gensa Greening & Cassandra Hallett (Vancouver Sun)

Most women don’t think reporting sexual assault leads to action — that needs to change, Caroline Riseboro, Plan International Canada (Toronto Star)

Women outliving men ‘everywhere’, new UN health agency statistics report shows, UN News

IMCHA Engages Men to Improve Maternal and Newborn Health, HealthBridge


April 13th, Empowerment Through Education: A Global Agenda for Women and Girls, Ottawa

April 13th, Framing Our Future Challenging Islamophobia, Toronto

April 24-30th, World Immunization Week, Global

April 24th, Advancing Women in Health Leadership, Toronto

April 25th, World Malaria Day, Global

April 30th, Bridges to Peace: Lecture Event, Toronto

May 1st, Begin Before Birth Symposium, Montreal

May 5th, International Day of the Midwife, Global 

May 23rd, International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, Global

June 2-7th, Canada Pavilion alongside Women Deliver 2019, Vancouver

June 3-6th, Women Deliver 2019, Vancouver

June 10-21st, McGill Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health, Montreal

June 14-16th, North American Refugee Health Conference, Toronto

July 28th, World Hepatitis Day, Global

October 11th, International Day of the Girl, Global

October 17-19th, Canadian Conference on Global Health, Ottawa

November 7-8th, Improving Care through World-Class Data and Innovation, Ottawa

Add your event to the More Canada Events Calendar.


Global Financing Facility, Call for Proposals: Innovation-to-scale, Canada

IDRC, Doctoral Research Awards 2019, Canada

Oxfam Canada, Program Officer, Monitoring Evaluation & Learning, Ottawa

Partners in Health Canada, Finance Manager, Toronto

CanWaCH, Request for Proposals: 2019 Public Opinion Research on Women & Children’s Health Issues, Canada

CARE Canada, Humanitarian Program Officer, Ottawa

UNICEF Canada, Development Manager, Montreal

Canadian Red Cross Society, Various Positions, Canada

UNICEF Canada, Director, Marketing, Toronto

ICAD, CHABAC Project Coordinator, Home-based

Grand Challenges Canada, Senior Financial Analyst, Toronto

Grand Challenges Canada, Senior Program Officer, Indigenous Innovation Initiative, Toronto

International Development and Relief Foundation, Digital Marketing & Communications Manager, Toronto

Cuso International, Various Positions, Various Locations

University of Manitoba, Canada Research Chair Tier 2, Program Science & Global Public Health, Winnipeg

Canadian Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (CNNTD), Youth Ambassador for Women Deliver 2019, Canada 


April 10, 2019