Over a decade of Canadian leadership in global health

Canada’s leadership in global health is one of our best-kept secrets. 

Throughout history, Canada has led the way in championing the health and rights of people everywhere. Canadian volunteers from our own communities, along with doctors, nurses, midwives, government employees, humanitarians and many more, have been working tirelessly around the world for years.

According to data available in 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. 

Where are Canadians working? Here are the top 10 countries where Canadian partners have been working on global health projects over the last decade: 

10. Nigeria 

9. Pakistan 

8. Mozambique 

7. Kenya 

6. Haiti 

5. Bangladesh 

4. Mali 

3. Afghanistan 

2. Ethiopia 

1. Tanzania 

How are Canadians improving health around the world? Here are the top 5 areas of focus for Canadian partners over the past decade: 

5. Health Promotion and Education 

4. Primary Health Care 

3. Health Systems Training and Infrastructure 

2. Reproductive Health and Rights including Maternal Health 

1. Nutrition 

Over the past decade, incredible progress has been made to improve the health, rights and wellbeing of people around the world. COVID-19 has threatened to set back these hard fought gains and Canadians are responding. Now more than ever, the importance of having strong healthcare systems around the world is clear. 

Over the past year, Canadian organizations have worked with communities around the world to address COVID-19. Want to learn more about Canadian leadership in global health? Follow our journey and get the latest updates in global health by following the Lead On Canada campaign.


April 6, 2021