VANCOUVER (B.C.) – Canada locked in its position today as a global leader in advancing the health and rights of women, adolescents and children around the globe with a ten-year, $1.4 billion annual investment.
The Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) called it an historic day as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference taking place this week in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The investment will not only ensure that Canada’s long, proud tradition as a leader in women and children’s health continues, it comes with a purposeful approach that addresses critical gaps in the health needs of women and adolescents. Specifically, the renewal of Canada’s reproductive, maternal, newborn and children’s health & nutrition funding to the year 2030, is accompanied by an additional investment in the most neglected areas of sexual and reproductive health and rights.
“The Government of Canada’s leadership comes at a critical time when rollbacks on women’s health rights are being acutely felt around the globe,” said Julia Anderson, Acting Executive Director for CanWaCH. “Now, more than ever, the world needs Canada as a global champion to promote health equity for women, adolescents and children.”
A diverse coalition of Canada’s leading global health organizations have been working together over the past year to develop the Thrive Agenda, the basis for this momentous investment.
Added Anderson, “Together, we put forward a collective vision for an integrated, comprehensive approach to women’s, adolescents and children’s health. Together we will work with the Government of Canada in building our next phase of leadership that puts gender equality at the centre of global health.”
CanWaCH is a partnership of 100 organizations and associates working to ensure more women and children survive and thrive in over 1000 communities around the world.