History of the Canadian Partnership

At the Canadian-led 2010 Muskoka Initiative, leaders from Canadian organizations that are focused on maternal, newborn and child health, came together to explore the opportunity for increased collaboration to improve accountability and effectiveness. Dr. Dorothy Shaw and Rosemary McCarney led the effort to bring together non-governmental organizations, academics and health practitioners to form the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. In 2016, the organization was renamed the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health to reflect a global shift in lexicon surrounding women’s and children’s health with a focus on sexual and reproductive health and adolescent health. The new name also reflects the Canadian Partnership’s alignment with the Every Woman, Every Child Global Strategy of Women’s Children’s and Adolescent Health.