CanWaCH Submits Brief to the Parliamentary Committee Standing Committee on Health Concerning Neglected Tropical Diseases, Gender Equality and Reduction of Maternal Mortality

The House of Commons passed a motion (M-132) that “the Standing Committee on Health be instructed to undertake a study on ways of increasing benefits to the public resulting from federally funded health research, with the goals of lowering drugs costs and increasing access to medicines, both in Canada and globally; and that the Committee report its findings and recommendations to the House no later than one year from the time this motion is adopted."

CanWaCH, and many of its members, took this opportunity to make submissions to the Committee. The CanWaCH Brief, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Gender Equality and Reduction of Maternal Mortality, addresses the issue of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), as they particularly affect populations living in poverty, especially women.

Children reading book on Guinea Worm.
Children reading a book about the NTD Guinea Worm, which is close to being eradicated.

Fortunately, there are medications to deal with NTDs and they are readily available. We believe governments like Canada have a responsibility to address NTDs and we look forward to the Committee's report on its findings and recommendations. 

You can download our full Brief here