May 2018 Newsletter

Message from CanWaCH Executive Director, Helen Scott:

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We were so pleased to meet with and hear from many of you last month at our Beyond 2020 Conference. Over 230 civil society representatives, government officials, academic experts, health professionals and inspiring youth gathered to discuss the way forward for Canada’s women and children’s health programming overseas. Ideas were shared, new paths were put forward, important projects were highlighted, and lessons learned from the past were analyzed.
Now we have shifted focus to the Conference’s outcomes and keeping the focus and momentum going. Our Conference Discussion paper was presented on Day 1 of the Conference and it will help form the base for the Conference Outcomes document, which will be shared with all of you. Keep an eye on our Conference page and our YouTube Channel for all the post-Conference updates, awards information, videos of the sessions, photo galleries and more!
Later this month the global health community will meet in Geneva for the 71st World Health Assembly. I am very pleased to announce that I will be attending this year. This year’s Assembly theme is Health Throughout the Life-Course and it will feature topics such as sexual and reproductive health, interpersonal violence, early childhood development, maternal, infant and young child nutrition, poliomyelitis and the Global Vaccine Action Plan. Stay tuned for more CanWaCH coverage of the World Health Assembly.
Until next time, we wish you all the best.


Helen Scott
Launch of CanWaCH’s NEW Metrics Monthly Bulletin 
We are pleased to announce the launch of our first Metrics Monthly Bulletin! Each month, the bulletin will feature a specific topic, highlight relevant projects on our Project Explorer, spotlight a Member and offer links to useful resources and information on upcoming events. This month, the topic is Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Female Genital Cutting. The spotlight Member is Amref Health Africa in Canada and their Alternative Rite of Passage (ARP) Initiative.

Upcoming Webinar: Partnerships & Accountability in Global Female Genital Cutting Programming
On May 23 at 11:00 AM EDT, please join CanWaCH for a webinar on female genital cutting (FGC) and the strategies used by local advocates and their partners to end FGC within the decade. Hear from Canadian and in-country leaders, including Amref Health Africa in Canada, the Orchid Foundation and McGill University about practical examples of successful models of partnership and how we can better understand the impact of FGC in our work, particularly regarding data collection, analysis and use. There will be ample time for discussion, so please bring your questions.
Canadian Collaborative for Global Health

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It’s almost here! Stay tuned for next week’s exciting Request for Proposals announcement! Bookmark this page and check back next week for all the details you need to apply for this exciting opportunity in global health and gender equality. Want to learn more? Register for our informative webinar on Monday, May 28 at 11 AM EDT, designed to answer all your questions and help you connect with potential partners. 

Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Campaign Canada

As part of the Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Campaign Canada, CanWaCH and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) co-hosted a roundtable working session in Ottawa with other development organizations. Attendees discussed ideas on how to position the campaign as a movement-building platform, how to connect the development community with Canadians and opportunities for further partnerships between the organizations present, especially for co-hosting events together. They also created a preliminary calendar of actions/activities/events in the lead up to Women Deliver 2019. If you would like to join the campaign and/or add an event to the calendar, please contact [email protected].
Launch of #LeadOnCanada Public Engagement Campaign later this month
Following the soft launch of our Public Engagement campaign at our Beyond 2020 conference, we are pleased to announce the launch date of the campaign will be May 23! Keep your eyes on your mailbox in the coming weeks for all of the campaign information and resources.
Follow CanWaCH on Instagram!
We are pleased to announce our new Instagram channel. In an effort to better connect with our Members and the public, especially ahead of our Public Engagement Campaign, we have launched an Instagram page. We look forward to connecting with many of you on that platform.
Call for Abstracts Open for the Canadian Conference on Global Health

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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 a Call for Abstracts. The deadline to apply is May 31. 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
Deliver for Good’s May Theme: Improving Maternal & Newborn Health & Nutrition 
Women Deliver’s May “Deliver for Good” theme is Improving Maternal & Newborn Health & Nutrition. While significant advances have been made in maternal and newborn health, an estimated 300,000 girls and women still die due to pregnancy-related complications every year. 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.

Save the Date for Webinar with Marie Stopes International

On Tuesday, May 22nd at 11AM EST, CanWaCH will host an interactive discussion with Marie Stopes International regarding monitoring and evaluation in SRHR. Contact Jessica Ferne at [email protected] to learn more and sign up, or follow our social media for the official registration notice.
Global Affairs Canada announces Planned Call for Proposals for Haiti
Global Affairs Canada has announced a planned Call for Proposals for Haiti, focused on improving citizen participation in Haiti’s Health Sector. The call will be launched in June and you can find it on GAC’s Call for Proposals page.
ADRA Canada Celebrates Mother’s Day with Seven New Videos
To celebrate Mother’s Day, ADRA Canada has created seven new videos highlighting different areas of their EMBRACE projectThe First 1,000 Days of LifeOrganic Kitchen GardensA New Ambulance,Promoting Prenatal ExamsMeasuring Child GrowthReflect Circle Groups and Learning Through Play. They are releasing one of these each day on social media in the lead up to May 13. They will also share a short film from their MASAGLAHI project on Mother’s Day. You can watch it on YouTube.
W7 Canada Issues Communiqué
Last month, the first-ever summit of feminist leaders from around the world took place as part of the G7, known as W7. Two G7 leaders have publicly declared themselves feminists, identifying gender equality as a priority for their foreign and domestic policies. W7 Canada is taking this opportunity to call on G7 leaders to adopt progressive approaches, incorporating feminist principles on all G7 issues and beyond. They have issued a communiqué following April’s summit, and it urges the G7 to invest in a feminist future. 
Y7 (Youth 7) has also been active recently and has issued a call to action covering gender equality, the environment and the future of work.
Launch of First Phase of Alliance 2030
Alliance 2030 is a national network of organizations, institutions, and individuals committed to achieving the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the year 2030. They’re building a searchable database of all the work that’s being done across Canada in alignment with the SDGs, amplified by high-quality storytelling through their blog and podcast series. They have launched the first phase of this digital platform at
Equal Measures 2030 Gender Equality Advocates Survey
Calling all Gender Equality Advocates! Take part in Equal Measures 2030’s Advocates Survey to share your views on progress towards gender equality! The survey takes, on average, just 15 minutes to complete. Your response is totally anonymous unless you choose to be identified. Your answers will help shape their future work.
Put your organization forward and join the SDG Leadership Awards 2018!
The SDG Leadership Awards is Canada’s celebration of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and inspiration for business action. Now in its third installment by the Global Compact Network Canada, the SDG Leadership Awards 2018 aims to recognize Canadian organizations who are helping to advance the SDGs and inspiring others to take action to create the future we want! Find out more and apply here.
Global kick-off event for PMNCH forum
On 11 April, a delegation of global champions led by incoming Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Children’s Health (PMNCH) Board Chair Dr. Michelle Bachelet paid a visit to the residence of Prime Minister Modi following a global kick-off event for the Partners’ Forum. Prime Minister Modi was presented with the Partners’ Forum logo and an invitation to become Patron of the Forum. You can watch the globalkick-off event and read the full article on the PMNCH website.
Value of Immunization Compendium of Evidence (VoICE) Launches New Website
The Value of Immunization Compendium of Evidence (VoICE) Tool is a searchable database that provides public health evidence for the broader value of vaccines, including the impact vaccines – and vaccine-preventable diseases – can have on health, economic status, societal well-being, equity, and more. They have recently launched a new website, which you can check out here.


Collaborating to advance women’s health and rights, by The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)
Giving girls and women the power to decideby Montasser Kamal, IDRC
Global nutrition monitoring framework: Operational guidance for tracking progress in meeting targets for 2025, by the WHO
Guideline: implementing effective actions for improving adolescent nutrition, by the WHO
Implementing sexual and reproductive health care in humanitarian crises, by Sarah K Chynoweth et al. for The Lancet
It’s time for Canada to act on the Sustainable Development Goals, by Julia Sánchez
Status and drivers of maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health in the Islamic world: a comparative analysis, by Nadia Akseer for The Lancet
What did we hear? Summary Report on the Women Deliver 2019 Conference Listening Tour, by Women Deliver
Women and Girls Empowerment Without Improved Routine Immunization of all Children? Not likely, byKristiana Bruneau and Madison DeLong, RESULTS Canada


May 13: Partners in Health Canada, Bending the Arc Film Screening with Dr. Paul Farmer, Montreal
May 17: Mortality Reduction through Oral Azithromycin (MORDOR) 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 26-29 and May 31-June 1: Canadian Evaluation Society 2018 National Conference, Calgary and Yellowknife
May 28-June 2: 36th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Malmö, Sweden
June 4-6: Get Real: A Workshop on Realist Methodology, Saskatoon
June 6-7: New Approaches to Canadian International Cooperation, Vancouver
June 9-12: Nutrition 2018 Conference, Boston
June 11: Gender 360 Summit, Washington D.C.
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
August 20-21: Canada Medical Association, Inspiring a Future of Better Health, Winnipeg
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 6: Global Financing Facility Replenishment Event, Oslo, Norway
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 7-11 2019: International Union for Health Promotion and Education 2019 Conference, Rotorua, New Zealand



May 10, 2018