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Drivers of change featured at Canadian Conference on Global Health

Published on
November 16, 2018
Research team members from the Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa initiative are participating in five panels at the Canadian Conference on Global Health in Toronto from November 19-21, 2018.

Under the conference theme “Fragile environments and global health: Examining drivers of change,” researchers will share approaches, case studies, tools, and results emerging from their research.

Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA) is a seven-year, CA$36 million initiative, jointly funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Global Affairs Canada, and IDRC, that seeks to improve maternal, newborn, and child health by strengthening health systems, particularly in primary health.

The researchers receiving IMCHA support will address a number of issues at the conference, such as managing health crises; coordinating fragmented expertise, knowledge, and actors in fragile contexts; cultural competence in the healthcare system; and the transformation of gender inequality in maternal and child health research:

Monday, November 19

  • Panel "Preventing and managing fragility for better health outcomes: a case of Nigeria and South Sudan" (10:30-12 pm)

Tuesday, November 20

  • Symposium “Culturally appropriate and gender sensitive services enhance women and children’s health and rights”  (10:30-12 pm)

Wednesday, November 21

  • Panel “Lessons learned from the implementation of new essential maternal and newborn interventions in low and middle-income countries” (8:30-10 am)
  • Panel “Women’s power to act, involvement of men, and transformative actions of gender inequalities in Burkina Faso and Mali” (10:30-12 pm)
  • Panel “Impacts and lessons in implementing maternal and child health interventions and evidence-based health policies in Africa“ (1:30-3 pm)

Several other conference events will also feature researchers funded by the Initiative and IDRC.

More than 600 global health researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and students from more than  30 countries are expected to attend the Toronto conference to exchange knowledge and experience and to find new ways of working together. IDRC has supported the Canadian Conference on Global Health for the past 11 years, helping to make this a major gathering point for Canadians active in global health truly global.

Learn more about the Canadian Conference on Global Health.