Highlights from the 2016 CanWaCH Conference & AGM in Montréal

We are pleased to report that our conference was a great success – based on our conference evaluations 97% of attendees indicated positive satisfaction with the conference overall! Partnerships, Policy, and Progress: Healthy Lives for Women, Children, and Adolescents Worldwide, our Conference and Annual General Meeting on November 3-4, brought together a rich mix of speakers and attendees, including international participants from Haiti, Italy, Malawi, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.

The delegate audience from the not-for-profit, academic, government and private sectors heard from a rich selection of speakers, including Karina Gould, Parliamentary Secretary to Canada’s Minister of International Development. The event wrapped up with an uplifting keynote address by Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, a human rights lawyer, former General Secretary of the World YWCA and founder of the Rozaria Memorial Trust in Zimbabwe. She reminded delegates that, “You will never meet the families you impact, but know that they are grateful.”

For more perspective on what delegates heard at Partnerships, Policy and Progress, check out the remarks delivered by outgoing CanWaCH Board Director, Susan Johnson, Vice President and Director General, International Operations and Movement Relations, Canadian Red Cross. Her address on Policy Solutions for Health and Rights in Fragile Contexts can be found here in our blog section.

Presenters’ slides are available for the following presentations:

Session 1. What is the Global Strategy?

Dr. Ari Nandi. Associate Professor, Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University

Dr. Helen Scott. Executive Director, CAN-MNCH

Session 2. Theorization: a role for public policies in achieving the Global Strategy

Dr. Neff Walker. Senior Scientist, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Kumanan Rasanathan. Senior Health Specialist, UNICEF

Session 3. Reflection: successes (and failures) from the field

Adolescent Health – “The Ongoing HIV Epidemic In Adolescents: Strategies from the Field to Combat The Leading Cause of Adolescent Death in Africa”

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights – “Integrating a sexual and reproductive rights approach to emergency obstetric training worldwide” French Version

Measuring Results – “Measuring Results of Maternal and Child Health Initiatives in Remote Areas”

Dr. Peter Berti. Nutrition Adviser and Deputy Director, HealthBridge Foundation of Canada

Dr. Tran Hung Minh. Centre for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP), Vietnam

Session 4. Partnerships and influencing policy

Ramesh Ferris. Polio Survivor

Session 5. Prescription: policy solutions for achieving the Global Strategy

Health policy interventions, including universal healthcare coverage, for improving access to care for women and children

Dr. Alison Comfort. Assistant Researcher at the University of California, San Francisco

Social protection policies for women’s and children’s health and development

Dr. John Frank, Director of the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy, University of Edinburgh

Caroline Riseboro. President and CEO, Plan International Canada French Version

Session 6. Policy Solutions for Health and Rights in Fragile Contexts

Susan Johnson. Vice President and Director General International Operations and Movement Relations, Canadian Red Cross

Session 7. Summation: what have we learned and where are we going?

Nathanael Goldberg. Program Director, Social Protection Program, Innovations for Poverty Action

Session 8. Keynote address and closing remarks

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda


novembre 5, 2016




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