January 2018 Newsletter

International Development Week is fast approaching!

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International Development Week (IDW) will take place February 4-10, 2018 and the theme this year is Partners for a Better World. Led by Global Affairs Canada, International Development Week is a key annual opportunity to encourage all Canadians to be partners in building a better, more inclusive, peaceful and prosperous world.  

We know many of our members are planning some exciting events which can be posted on the Global Affairs Canada Calendar of Events. You can also send us your events or add them to the CanWaCH Website (through the new Member Portal). For any questions on sharing/promoting your events, please email [email protected]

CanWaCH Learning Series Webinar – Beyond the Numbers: Evaluating Success in Engagement and Outreach 

Have you ever wondered how other organizations within our partnership measure and report on the success of their public engagement and communications outreach? What are meaningful measures of impact and engagement? What are significant digital and social media stats to consider when measuring success? Where should you focus your digital outreach for engaging Canadians?

Join us for an interactive discussion, led by CanWaCH’s Public Engagement Working Group, as members share with each other their best practices, lessons learned and insights in measuring success in their public engagement, outreach and communications activities.

Register for this CanWaCH Learning Series Webinar today!

18 Health Innovations in Maternal Health Funded by Grand Challenges Canada
Grand Challenges Canada has announced its funding of 18 Health Innovations in Maternal Health. The projects embrace a range of creative products and services to advance gender equality, promote human dignity, and empower women and girls worldwide. Amongst these 18 projects is CanWaCH memberShanti Uganda’s Propelling Motherhood project. You can learn more about all the funded projects on theGrand Challenges Canada website.
The New York Times’ Profile of Nice Nailantei Leng’ete, Global Adolescent Health Conference Speaker

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Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Activist Nice Nailantei Leng’ete, who spoke at the CanWaCH Global Adolescent Health Conference, has recently been profiled in The New York Times. The Times reporter, along with Women DeliverPresident and CEO Katja Iversen, were in Kenya with Nice and Amref Health Africa to attend an “Alternate Rites of Passage” ceremony. The resulting article and photo essay, She Ran from the Cut, and Helped Thousands of Other Girls Escape, Too covers Nice’s inspiring story of how she escaped female genital mutilation herself and how over the past 7 years, she has helped 50,000 girls escape the ritual as well.

Deliver for Good January Monthly Theme: Boost Women’s Economic Empowerment

This month’s Deliver for Good theme is Boost Women’s Economic Empowerment, a complex issue that Women Deliver is diving into for the month of January. Women Deliver has a rich selection of resources available on their website, including policy briefs, infographics, partner resources and much more. CanWaCH is a Deliver for Good Campaign Ally and our members are invited to share any related content or information on the campaign’s monthly themes by emailing us

Coming Soon! Call for Speakers and Registration Opening for CanWaCH’s Beyond 2020: Canadian Global Health and Programming conference
You’ll want to keep watching your inbox as we gear up for the Beyond 2020: Canadian Global Health and Programming conference. The Call for Speakers is launching later this month, followed by Registration,which will open during International Development Week in early February. Be sure to check yourCanWaCH email updates, our social media channels and our website for all our future Conference updates.
Registration Open for 2018 RESULTS Canada National Conference

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Registration for the 2018 RESULTS Canada National Conference is now open! Join RESULTS in Ottawa from May 5-7 to hear from global heath and poverty experts, learn from seasoned advocates on how to influence decision makers, and meet everyday heroes working towards a more just and safe world. For more information and to take advantage of the early birdregistration discount visit: http://bit.ly/2018RCregister

CanWaCH Members Come Together to Deliver Midwives Saves Lives Project
The Midwives Save Lives (MSL) project is bringing together midwives from Benin, Canada, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, and Tanzania. Carried out by Cuso International in partnership with the Canadian Association of Midwives, and funded by the Government of Canada, the MSL project supports midwifery associations in each targeted country to address specific challenges. By sharing the lessons learned from their own struggles, midwives help each other to improve the health outcomes of mothers and babies. Check out the MSL Project Video, which provides insight into the needs of these midwives, and the steps that are being taken to help them save even more lives.
Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week from Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights
The annual Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week, hosted by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights will take place from February 12-18 with the theme Mind Your “Business”. This year, the campaign will focus on the intersections between mental health and sexual health. The campaign Mind Your “Business”  is meant to foster further dialogue around how these two important aspects of health interconnect. For more information, please visit the “SRH Week” website.
Highlight Your Project on CanWaCH’s Homepage: submit your photo now!
CanWaCH’s new website has many improved features that allows us to better promote our Members’ work. One of these features is the slideshow of our Members’ project photos at the top of our homepage. We are currently featuring several photos of our Members’ great work, and are always looking for more. Email [email protected] for more information on how you can have your photos added to our homepage.
Online “Theory of Change Essentials” Interactive Course available from Bond
Bond is offering an intriguing new online course, Theory of Change Essentials. The course will prepare you to develop a quality theory of change for your programme or organization which meets industry-recognized quality standards, as well as donor requirements. Work through the critical stages of the theory of change process, including power analysis, systems mapping, pathways of change, evidence and assumptions. For more information, including cost, please visit the Bond website.
Video Series: NGO CSW/NY’s New Commission on the Status of Women Orientation 
The 62nd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) is taking place in New York from March 12-23, and to help organizations that are new to CSW, NGO CSW/NY has put together a video series that contains helpful information, advice and “how to” instructions to help you prepare for CSW62. You can find all of their videos on their YouTube Channel.

American Public Health Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Expo: Nov. 10-14

The American Public Health Association (APHA)’s 2018 Expo will be held in San Diego, Nov. 10-14. As the largest gathering of public health professionals from around the world, the Expo will bring together over 12,000 public health professionals to learn, network and engage. The 2018 Expo theme is Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now and a Call for Abstracts from potential presenters is open. You can also view past presentations on the APHA website.


IVAC Pneumonia and Diarrhea Progress Report 2017 Appendix, by International Vaccine Access Center
The Next 150: A National Conversation on Canada and the SDGs, by Alliance 150, Community Foundations Canada and CCIC
Malnutrition, anaemia and disease plague Rohingya refugee children, by UNICEF
She Ran From the Cut, and Helped Thousands of Other Girls Escape, Too, by Jina Moore, the New York Times
5 Reasons the Global Gap in Rotavirus Vaccine Access is Shrinking, by Mathuram Santosham, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Problems with the WHO guidelines for management of childhood pneumonia, by Kim Mulholland, The Lancet
Malawi Health Equity Brief and National Profile, by Countdown 2030



January 25: CanWaCH Learning Series Webinar, Beyond the Numbers: Evaluating Success in Engagement and Outreach
February 2: ACGC, Top 30 Under 30 Launch, Edmonton
February 3 & 8: SCIC, 28th Annual Saskatchewan Global Citizen Awards, Saskatoon (3rd) & Regina (8th)
February 4: World Cancer Day
February 4: SOCODEVI, Brunch-conference: Climate Change 2.0: Co-ops and Mutual Funds Take Action, Quebec City
February 4-10: International Development Week
February 5-9: Vancouver Island University, Global Citizen Week, Nanaimo
February 6: OCIC, Transformations Exhibit Launch, Toronto
February 6: MCIC, IDW Launch – Partners for a Better World, Winnipeg
February 6: International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
February 6-8: Best Start Resource Centre, 2018 Annual Conference, Toronto
February 10: BCCIC, International Development Week Conference 2018, Vancouver
February 10: University of Toronto Scarborough, Movements: International Development Week Conference 2018, Toronto
February 12-18: Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week
February 27: Harnessing the Power: CRVS Systems for 2030 Global Agendas, Ottawa
March 6-9: 49th Session of the UN Statistical Commission, New York
March 8: International Women’s Day
March 11: NGO CSW Consultation Day, New York
March 12-23: 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, New York
March 13: NGO CSW Reception, New York
March 24: World Tuberculosis Day
April 7: World Health Day
April 17-18: CanWaCH Conference: Beyond 2020: Canadian Global Health and Development , Ottawa 
April 25: World Malaria Day
May 5-7: RESULTS Canada, 2018 RESULTS Canada National Conference, Ottawa
May 21-26: World Health Assembly, Geneva
May 23: International Day to End Obstetric Fistula  
October 22-24: UN World Data Forum 2018, Dubai
November 10-14: American Public Health Association, APHA 2018 EXPO, San Diego




January 18, 2018