About CanWaCH

Background

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The Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) is a proud membership of more than 100 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academic institutions, health professional associations and individuals partnering to improve health outcomes for women and children in more than 1,000 communities worldwide.

Together, we represent Canada in championing the health rights and needs of the worlds most marginalized people. Through the power of partnership, we strive to realize a world where every woman and child survives and thrives. We do this by capitalizing on the data revolution, connecting experts, and communicating impact to stakeholders.

CanWaCH champions Canada’s commitment to take the lead on global health through the #LeadOnCanada campaign so that all Canadians can share pride in our achievements in making the world a better place.

Vision

A world where women, children and adolescents, in all their diversity, realize their right to thrive in full health.

Mission

CanWaCH unites the expertise and commitment of Canadian organizations and individuals to advance the health and rights of women, children and adolescents globally. 

Values

  • Human Rights: We are committed to a human rights-based approach that upholds the inherent right to the highest attainable standard of health through participatory, inclusive, transparent, and responsive processes. We are dedicated to understanding the ways in which overlapping root causes of inequality, discrimination, and marginalization continue to threaten the health and rights of women, children and adolescents.
  • Partnership: We are committed to placing inclusive partnerships at the heart of all that we do and to harnessing our collective ability to achieve stronger results together than any individual or organization can achieve alone. We are dedicated to pursuing best practices in forming partnerships and demonstrating these practices in our day to day.
  • Accountability: We are committed to openness and transparency and to linking resources to results, outcomes, and impacts. We are dedicated to standing behind the experience and leadership of partners from the Global South in the development of transformative approaches to health.
  • Gender Equality: We are committed to respecting and prioritizing the agency, voices, and individuality of people of all genders, particularly those facing discrimination because of their gender. We are dedicated to gender-transformative and responsive approaches to health by recognizing the underlying inequalities and power dynamics that hinder access to healthcare and progress on good health overall.

Accomplishments

Since 2010, the Canadian Partnership, led by a Board of Directors, as well as peer-nominated Working Groups, have focused on the core pillars of Knowledge Exchange, Measuring Results and Stakeholder Engagement. CanWaCH has seen significant accomplishments, including a steady growth in members, the establishment of a Project Explorer to track impact globally, landmark funding announcements, including $3.5 billion from Canada for maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) from 2015-2020, and involvement in global events including the United Nations General Assembly. CanWaCH Members and Associates are working together every day to end all preventable deaths of women, newborns and children around the world.

How We Work

We capitalize on the data revolution to strengthen monitoring and evaluation and data-driven policy engagement.

We connect experts to leverage the power of partnership, providing access to knowledge and resources to strengthen impact.

We communicate impact to stakeholders to improve programming and policy, profile results and ensure accountability to women and children.