April 2021 Newsletter

Makhfou Gueye, President of the Community Actors and Secretary General of the Network of Community Actors in the District of Keur Massar, Senegal.
Photo credit: Amref Health Africa in Canada

Celebrating Healthcare Workers Around the World 

Last week, CanWaCH and its members celebrated World Health Day. According to the CanWaCH Project Explorer, since 2010, Canadian partners have been working on 400 projects to improve the health and wellbeing of people in over 100 countries around the world. Can you guess the top 10 countries where Canadian partners have been working over the past decade? Check out our blog to see if you are right! 

For World Health Worker Week, we spoke to Makhfou Gueye, President of the Community Actors and Secretary General of the Network of Community Actors in the District of Keur Massar, Senegal. Makhfou received training on COVID-19 from Amref Health Africa in Canada with financial support from Global Affairs Canada. Read his thoughts on the community response to COVID-19.  

Have Your Say! CanWaCH Member and Associate Survey 2021

The 2021 Member and Associate Survey is an opportune moment to give us your feedback on the past year and have your say in how we shape the coming year! The strength of our network lies with you and our membership. Feedback from the survey helps us design programming and activities that best reflect your needs and acts as a pulse check to ensure that we are on the right track. The more feedback we receive, the better we can reflect the needs of our members and associates. Complete the survey hereAnd don’t forget to share it with your colleagues!

Call for 2SLGBTQ+ Resources!

CanWaCH is excited to announce the development of a practical guidance toolkit, “Moving Beyond the Binary: Advancing 2SLGBTQ+ Inclusion in Gender Equality and Health Programming”, launching later this spring. We are inviting CanWaCH members and partners to share any relevant resources you have found helpful on these topics, including but not limited to, reports and studies related to health and 2SLGBTQ+ populations, diversity training manuals, needs assessments, program evaluation guides or examples of relevant policies. Submit your resources today to CanWaCH’s Gender Equality Officer, Erica Fotheringham!

Request for proposals: Grand Challenges Canada’s Stars in Global Health 

Grand Challenges Canada’s Stars in Global Health program is seeking bold ideas that will improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women, adolescents, children and LGBTQI+ people in Sub-Saharan Africa. The bold ideas are expected to improve the access, use and quality of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education and services and to be resilient to pandemic control measures. Successful proposals will be awarded seed grants of up to $100,000 CAD for up to 12 months to develop and test the proposed innovation. Please visit the Stars in Global Health page for more details.

two healthcare workers in PPE bumping elbows in greeting
Photo credit: Espace Culturel Gambidi (2020)

Member Spotlight: One Drop 

The One Drop Foundation is getting creative with how it promotes WASH services and information! As part of the Saniya So+ Project in Burkina Faso, the team from Espace Culturel Gambidi chose photography as the artistic medium to reframe their commitment to keeping health care facilities safe. Staff members demonstrated how they meet these challenges, while cameras captured moments in portrait form. Powered by fun, the exhibit built confidence, demonstrated the value of individual engagement and allowed participants to become Leaders of Change in their community.  Check out photos from the exhibit!

Articles & Publications

A Review of the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Small and Medium Organization (SMO) Adaptation and Resilience, Spur Change 

Communities support adolescent health amid COVID-19 school closures, Nutrition International 

One year of responding to COVID-19, Nutrition International 

Town Hall: Creating change for women (recording), Cuso International 

Cuso International joins forces with Tent Partnership for Refugees helping businesses integrate refugees in their new communities, Cuso International 

Photo exhibit artfully melds social mobilization and health promotion, One Drop 

Renforcer la santé des mères, des nouveau-nés et des enfants en Haïti (projet ACOSME), CECI 

Preventing Child Marriage and Addressing Early Pregnancy in Ethnic Minority Communities of Son La Province, Vietnam, HealthBridge Foundation of Canada 

Modelling the expected impact of cigarette tax and price increases under Vietnam’s excise tax law 2015–2020, BMJ Journals  

A decade of Canadian leadership in global health in Francophonie countries, CanWaCH 

The impact of COVID-19 on healthcare workers in Ecuador, CanWaCH

Upcoming Events

April 13 – IATI Virtual Community Exchange

April 21 – Hot Takes on the Federal Budget: Where are we going with the Feminist Foreign Policy?

April 22 – Crunching the Numbers with YMCA and YWCA – Unpacking Federal Budget 2021

April 22 – 2021 UNFPA State of World Population Report Launch

April 25 – World Malaria Day

April 27 – Vaccines Bring Us Closer: A discussion on taking action to end the COVID-19 pandemic

April 30 – The Essentials of Results-based Management & Theory of Change during and post COVID-19

May 8 – VAX LIVE: A Concert to Reunite the World

Jobs & Opportunities

Stakeholder Engagement and Policy Working Group: Call for Nominations, CanWaCH 

Public Engagement Working Group: Call for Nominations, CanWaCH 

Public Engagement Working Group: Call for Youth Delegates, CanWaCH 

Call for Concept Notes – Education for Refugee and Displaced Children and Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa – Global Affairs Canada 

Knowledge & Innovation Hub Director – Action Against Hunger USA 

Grand Challenges Canada’s Stars in Global Health program opens request for proposals – Grand Challenges Canada 

Senior Program Manager, Rural Women’s Empowerment Project in East Africa – SeedChange 

Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Analyst, Rural Women’s Empowerment Project in East Africa – SeedChange 

Communications Specialist – Health Partners International of Canada 

Partnership & Engagement Manager – One Canada 

Senior Marketing And Communications Lead – Canadian Medical Association 

Managing Director – CAP Network 

Director, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion – University of Toronto 

Director, Grants Acquisition – Children Believe

Have an opportunity that you would like to share with us? Please contact us at [email protected]


April 14, 2021