Backgrounder – Canada announces support for women's education, health and nutrition

Canada recognizes the importance of investing in projects that address systemic barriers facing women and girls around the world, including those addressing adequate health care. To that end, Canada today announced over $22.5 million in support of projects related the health and rights of women and children at the Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health ($14.4 million, 2016-2021)

Canada is building on its commitment toward international assistance by providing up to $14.4 million to improve maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH). Canada’s support of NGOs under the Canadian Network for MNCH will help them share their knowledge among members, engage new public- and private-sector partners, and report on results related to maternal, newborn and child health.

Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health ($3 million, 2016-2020)

Canada is providing $3 million to support the advancement of women and children’s health by supporting the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. This key multi-stakeholder platform contributes to the engagement, alignment and accountability of partners working to advance the global strategy for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health.

UNICEF Canada’s Saving Children’s Lives initiative in collaboration with the 25th Team ($5 million, 2015-2020)

UNICEF Canada’s 25th Team of Canadian women philanthropists has raised funds in support of health programming in Peru, Cambodia, Indonesia, Namibia and Ethiopia. The 25th Team is named after the 24 teams that competed in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015, and has committed to donate $25,000 per year for four years to support the program. Support from Canada will focus on nutrition, immunization and birth registration.

Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research ($150,000, 2016)

The Symposium aims to build capacity in health in developing countries and the world by bringing together global health experts to share best practices and lessons learned to strengthen health systems. The theme for the 2016 Global Symposium is “Resilient and Responsive Health Systems for a Changing World.”

Micronutrient Initiative’s launch of the Right Start Initiative

Through the Right Start Initiative, Canada is supporting an innovative investment platform that aims to improve access to nutrition for up to 100 million women and girls. As the founding donor, Canada has contributed $75 million through the Better Nutrition for Better Lives project. The Micronutrient Initiative will reach 50 million adolescent girls and women by 2020.