September 2018 Newsletter

Mark your calendars – join us for the CanWaCH AGM on November 20, 2018!

Conference photo

This year, CanWaCH is partnering with Canadian Conference on Global Health (CCGH) to host its Annual General Meeting (AGM) as well as several interactive conference sessions on November 20, 2018, at the Toronto Hilton and we want to see you there!

Admission to the AGM business meeting session, which takes place from 3:30 to 5:00 pm on Nov. 20th, is free for all CanWaCH members. This year, we’re excited to offer our members a variety of options in-person and virtually to participate and vote. You and your organization can:

  • Have your voting representative vote online – securely – in advance.
  • Participate virtually! Attend our AGM from any time zone and anywhere around the world via ZOOM. Details on how to connect will follow.
  • Attend and vote in person – we always love to see our members and to chat with you about your work.

As part of our partnership with CCGH, CanWaCH is also offering a day of interactive, engaging and proactive sessions on November 20 at the conference. Join us as we celebrate our successes and address common challenges. For further details on these sessions, click here

To register for CCGH click here.

CanWaCH To Celebrate Gender Equality Week at UNGA

CanWaCH is pleased to invite its members and other attendees at the 73rd UN General Assembly to celebrate Canada’s first Gender Equality Week. Join us, and special guest International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, to mark this historic event on Monday, September 24th at 6:30 pm in New York. For more information or to express your interest in attending, please contact us at [email protected].

Lead On Canada

lead on canada partnership graphic

In our field of work in global health – spanning continents, languages, disciplines and sectors – we know that in order to create long-term change that has real value and impact for local communities, we need to work together.

This month, the Lead On Canada campaign is highlighting the ways we partner with each other, with governments, with other sectors, and with local communities. How can you join #LeadOnCanada?

  • Check out the community hub to “share” our featured member content from Horizons of Friendship, Save the Children Canada and Canadian Association of Midwives on their partnerships with Indigenous peoples and organizations in Canada.
  • “Like” the engaging partnerships video.
  • Get ready to challenge yourself and your communities by sharing in our Tuesday Trivia polls!

We want to hear from you! 

If you have content or an idea of how to highlight Canadian leadership in global health, email our new Public Engagement Officer, Emily Kocsis, at [email protected].

Join the CanWaCH team! 

Consider applying to join the CanWaCH team as our Senior Finance Officer or Global Health Impact Officer. The deadline for applications is October 13, 2018. 

Call for Nominations: CanWaCH Board Members 

Are you a leader in the field of global women and children’s health? There’s still time to submit nominations to sit on CanWaCH’s Board of Directors! Board members exemplify dedication to global women and children’s health and global development. All nominations will be reviewed by the Nomination Committee and interviews will follow.

Please click here for the nomination form.

For questions, please contact [email protected]. Completed nomination forms must be submitted by no later than 5:00 p.m. EST, Monday, September 17, 2018.

Global Citizen Unplugged: #SheIsEqual

Global Citizen Uplugged: #SheIsEqual banner

Join Global Citizen, the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) and Women Deliver Mobilization Canada in Montreal at L’Astral on Thursday, October 11th to kick off the #SheIsEqual Canadian campaign, to generate momentum for Women Deliver Mobilization Canada and to raise awareness of Canada’s leadership in women’s and girls’ health around the world through #LeadonCanada. 

We’ve assembled a stellar lineup of inspiring changemakers and artists, all tackling things that are at the heart of what’s needed to achieve gender equality. Come and hear their stories, meet the Canadian Global Citizen, Women Deliver Mobilization and CanWaCH teams, and learn how you can take action to support women and girls in Canada and around the world!

Register for this free, ticketed event now!

Upcoming Webinar: Measuring Impact in SRH Work: Practical Training on the Impact2 Tool (Part II)

On October 4th, CanWaCH is excited to offer our members and their global partners the opportunity to learn the specifics of utilizing the Impact2 Tool in their work. This webinar will build on our previous orientation to Marie Stopes International’s Impact 2 Tool. Register here.

September Metrics Bulletin 

screenshot of projects around the world

The monthly theme for the September edition of the CanWaCH Metrics Bulletin is Infections and Communicable Diseases. The spotlight Member is The Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD). ICAD provides leadership in reducing the impact of the global HIV and AIDS epidemic and plays a role in global convening, policy and advocacy on issues of HIV, TB and global health, including at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. 

Upcoming #WeDeliver2019 Event -Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights: The Foundation for Gender Equality

On September 19,  the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) in partnership with Women Deliver and the Future Planning Initiative is hosting a #WeDeliver2019 free public event from 6:00 to 9:30 pm in Ottawa Join us to discuss and learn more about the importance of putting sexual and reproductive health and rights at the centre of the gender equality agenda. Click here for more information.

Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada Hosts Roundtable with Minister Bibeau

On August 21st, Minister Bibeau met with Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada and several of its Mobilizers to discuss the important opportunity Canada has as host of the next Women Deliver Conference. The Minister heard from each Mobilizer on how they are using the momentum of Women Deliver 2019 and the Mobilization to further advance the important work they are doing to drive progress for the health, rights and well-being of women and girls. Check out the Mobilization’s Facebook page for the Roundtable photo album.

Do you have a bold idea that addresses SRHR?

Grand Challenges Canada’s Stars in Global Health initiative has launched a new funding opportunity open to applicants in low- and middle-income countries and Canada. Click here for more details.

Arogya’s story 

HealthBridge highlights the value of Female Community Health Volunteers and Mothers Groups meetings in Nepal in a personal impact story about Arogya, a young pregnant woman living with her husband and extended family in the Banke District of Nepal. She is overcoming barriers to health services and setting the stage for a healthy pregnancy and newborn with support from her mother-in-law and the International Nepal Fellowship (INF). Read the rest of her story here.

You won’t want to miss this!

The Canadian Association of Midwives’ first Symposium on Global Health will kick off the 2018 annual conference in October.

The symposium, Exploring Best Practices in Global Reproductive Health and Rights will use the work of midwives as a touchstone for larger conversations on the themes of family planning, sexual health and rights, abortion, gender transformation and global Indigenous health. Register now.

The 2018 Canadian Association of Midwives Conference will be held from October 17-19, 2018 in Gatineau, QC. The conference is an excellent opportunity for developing clinical skills, expanding knowledge, networking and reconnecting with old friends. Learn more here. 



An Ebola Case was Just Discovered in a Town in the Congo Surrounded by Conflict, Global Citizen

Universal health coverage can best be achieved by public systems, The BMJ Opinion

Executive Perspective: Measuring What Matters on Gender Equality, Thomson Reuters

106 Women and Girls Killed by Violence: Eight-Month Report, Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability

Annual Report 2017, Humanity & Inclusion Canada

Pneumonia: a global cause without champions, The Lancet 

Early childhood developmental disabilities—data still needed, The Lancet Global Health 


September 19: Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights: The Foundation for Gender Equality, Ottawa
September 19-20: CCIC 2018 Annual Conference, Ottawa
September 21: Blockchain for Peace, Toronto 
September 23: Kickstarting Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada, Canada
October 3: A Star is Born, Toronto 
October 4: CanWaCH, Measuring Impact in Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs (Part II), Webinar
October 11: International Day of the Girl Child
October 14-16: World Health Summit, Berlin
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 6: McGill University, Global Health Night, Montreal
November 7-9: International Confederation of Midwives, Americas Regional Conference, Asuncion, Paraguay
November 8-9: Women Leaders in Global Health Conference, London, England
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
November 25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
December 1: World AIDS Day
December 2: Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100, Johannesburg 
December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 4-6: Canadian Immunization Conference, Ottawa 
December 5-6: Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Children’s Health, 2018 Partners Forum, New Delhi 
December 10: Human Rights Day
December 10-11: Gavi The Vaccine Alliance Mid-Term Review, Abu Dhabi
April 7-11 2019: International Union for Health Promotion and Education 2019 Conference, Rotorua, New Zealand
June 3, 2019: Women Deliver 2019, Vancouver, BC, Canada




September 12, 2018