Community engagement to improve maternal and child health in Canada and Africa

Event announcement: Making the links in Canada and Africa.
Event date:
October 15, 2020
10:00am - 1:00pm

Join us to share experiences and discuss lessons learned in community engagement to improve maternal and child health in several African countries and in Canada.

Research teams from the Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA) initiative have supported communities to play an active and central role in increasing access to health information and use of services. This online event aims to reflect on lessons learned from this implementation research in Africa and draw parallels to community engagement in Canada. Co-hosted by the University of Saskatchewan and IMCHA, it will feature several of the initiative’s research teams and speakers who will reflect on other Canadian experiences.

The event will include plenary presentations and breakout discussion groups where all participants can share knowledge on:

  • working with youth
  • enhancing gender equality
  • engaging with culture and tradition
  • incentivizing community workers
  • participating in research that changes perspectives and behaviours related to health: voices of community members

IMCHA seeks to improve maternal, newborn, and child health outcomes by strengthening health systems, using primary healthcare as an entry point. This eight-year, $36 million initiative is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Global Affairs Canada, and IDRC. IMCHA funds 19 research teams and two health policy and research organizations in 11 sub-Saharan African countries.

The University of Saskatchewan has a long history of working in community engagement to improve health in Canada and Africa. It is part of an IMCHA team that assessed a variety of approaches to improve maternal and newborn health in Mozambique. Led by Mozambique’s Universidade de Lúrio, the research improved community mobilization for healthcare and knowledge, including access to modern contraception. Team members will share their work in community engagement in this event’s plenary, and several other IMCHA teams will be presenting and participating in the discussions.

Register here for this bilingual event to learn with us and share your experience. Please publicize the event within your networks.

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