June 2017 Newsletter

Adolescent Health in the spotlight in Ottawa and Geneva

Photo of Amina Mohamed speaking at the Global Adolescent Health Conference
UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed delivered a keynote at #GlobalYouth2017

OTTAWA – The Global Adolescent Health Conference, which took place from May 16-17 in Ottawa, was a tremendous success! The gathering of 340 attendees featured keynotes by Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Amina Mohammed, Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau, and Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan. The Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!) Guidance to Support Country Implementation was officially launched at the conference along with the Advocating for Change for Adolescents Toolkit.

Conference Youth Council members tell attendees what they heard over two days in Ottawa.

Youth voices, led by the Conference Youth Council, helped to deliver a powerful message that adolescent health is the key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Every Woman Every Child Targets. We are pleased to announce that recordings of all keynotes, plenaries and breakout sessions can be viewed on the new CanWaCH YouTube Channel! Official photos of the event are also available in the Conference Photo Gallery and on the CanWaCH Facebook Page.

GENEVA – The conversation around adolescent health as key to Promoting Health Through the Life-Course continued the following week at the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva. The highly-anticipated gathering also celebrated the election of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as WHO Director-General. Adolescents and youth continued to take centre stage as WHA showcased youth representatives sharing their experiences and perspectives on engaging citizens. More about adolescent health at 70th WHA is available here.

Let’s keep the #GlobalYouth2017 Conversation going! Here’s what you can do.

CanWaCH Presents Cross-Canada Proposal Writing Workshops

The Vancouver workshop on proposal writing for GAC on May 29.

The Vancouver workshop on proposal writing for GAC on May 29.

Partnered with provincial Councils for International Cooperation and the Inter-Council Network, CanWaCH is presenting a workshop series Health Proposal Writing for Global Affairs Canada. Workshops have been held in Vancouver, Edmonton, Halifax and Toronto. A session will be held in Winnipeg on June 16. An English webinar was held with a French webinar is scheduled for June 14. Webinars will be recorded and available for viewing. Please monitor the CanWaCH website and on our new CanWaCH YouTube Channel. Register here.

Call for Nominations: CanWaCH Stakeholder Engagement Working Group

CanWaCH is now accepting nominations from our member organizations to fill vacancies on the CanWaCH Stakeholder Engagement Working Group (SEWG). The Stakeholder Engagement Working Group provide input, expertise and advice to form policy recommendations for priority forums, nationally and internationally. The group also advises CanWaCH on political strategy for key opportunities to advance women and children’s health. We are currently seeking candidates with expertise from a professional clinical or medical background. Interested members are invited to complete the SEWG Call for Nominations no later than July 3, 2017.

Call for Nominations: CanWaCH Metrics Working Group

CanWaCH is also accepting nominations from member organizations for the CanWaCH Metrics Working Group (MWG). A core pillar of the CanWaCH mandate is to enhance our members’ ability and capacity to undertake enhanced monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in their projects through the establishment of a CanWaCH Evaluation Framework. The Metrics Working Group provides input, expertise and advice towards defining the requirements and practical implementation of that framework. Interested members are invited to complete the MWG Call for Nominations no later than June 23, 2017.

CanWaCH Publishes Policy Review & Analysis of IAR Submissions as Government of Canada Prepares to Launch Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy

With the upcoming June 9th launch of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), don’t miss reading CanWaCH’s analysis of member submissions to the International Assistance Review Consultation (IAR). This report illustrates members’ input on policy focus areas in women and children’s health and showcases member policy priorities. The government’s IAR consultation was held between May and July 2016 and CanWaCH submitted its own consultative report based upon consultations with members. This latest publication analyzes 39 member and ally submissions. Check to see how it aligns with Canada’s new feminist international assistance policy!

Stay tuned … Mexico City Policy Webinar Coming Soon

Our members have indicated interest in a session to examine the new rules and implications of the reinstated and revised Mexico City Policy. Please stay tuned to our website and @CanWaCH for upcoming details.

Women Deliver: Deliver for Good Campaign June Update

The Deliver for Good campaign theme for June is Accelerate Access to Resources – Land, Clean Energy, Water, and Sanitation. July’s theme is Meet the Demand for Modern Contraception and Reproductive Health. 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. Women Deliver offers a rich variety of resources for organizations, including infographics, policy briefs, suggested Tweets and more – all free to download and share.

Call for Experts: Centre of Excellence for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Systems

The Centre of Excellence for CRVS systems has launched a call for experts in civil registration, information technology, public health, statistics, law and social and behaviour change for CRVS systems strengthening. Mid-level and senior professionals are sought with expertise and experience in one or several of the following fields: civil registration and vital statistics, public health, social and behavior change, law, digitization, and statistics. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2017. To apply, click here. The Centre of Excellence website can be found here.

Armed to the Teeth: The Case for Foreign Aid

Read this featured article in the CanWaCH blog section by Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR) making the case for Canada to respond to significant changes in the international aid sphere.

Born on Time: Empowering Women and Adolescent Girls

Born on Time, a public-private partnership by World Vision Canada, Plan Canada, Save the Children Canada, the Government of Canada and Johnson & Johnson, prioritizing the prevention of preterm birth with reproductive and sexual health information and access to quality health services. Read more.

Resources & Publications – Submit your News & Publications

How Canada Can Help Global Adolescent Health Mature, Dr. Ashley Vandermorris, Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta and Robert Harding, SickKids

Power and Politics in the Global Health Landscape: Beliefs, Competition and Negotiation Among Global Advocacy Coalitions in the Policy-Making Process, Lori McDougall

Multiple-micronutrient Supplementation for Women During Pregnancy, Batool Haider and Zulfiqar Bhutta

Advocating for Change for Adolescents: A Practical Toolkit for Young People to Advocacy for Improved Adolescent Health and Well-Being, PMNCH and Women Deliver

Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!) Guidance to Support Country Implementation, World Health Organization

Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) 2016 Annual Report

Upcoming Events – Submit Your Events

June 12: Global Compact Network Canada SDGs Reporting Training, Toronto

June 12: World Day Against Child Labour

June 16: International Day of the African Child

June 13-15: Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, Ostrava, Czech Republic

June 15: Making our Mark: Celebrating Young Canadians’ Global Leadership, Ottawa

June 16-18: North American Refugee Health Conference, Toronto

June 18-22: International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Triennial Congress, Toronto

June 20: Promoting Childbirth in Health Facilities: What We are Learning, ADRA Canada, Markham

June 20: The True Cost of FREE: DHIS2 Set-up, Training & Maintenance, Webinar

June 20: World Refugee Day

June 20-23: Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOCG) Annual Clinical and Scientific Conference, Ottawa

July 11: SickKids Centre for Global Child Health Global Leadership Series: A National Neonatal Quality Improvement Tale: 15 Years Young and Expanding

September 7-8: MERL Tech DC, Washington, DC

October 29-13: Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) Canadian Conference on Global Health: Leaving No One Behind? Reflections for Actions in a Changing World, Ottawa

November 1, 2017: Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) Annual General Meeting, Ottawa


June 15, 2017


CanWaCH Staff