Health systems around the world are facing shocks and stresses brought about by infectious disease outbreaks and hidden epidemics like mental illness and malnutrition. IDRC is committed to building strong and resilient health systems to withstand these global challenges and mitigate the effects of emerging and future crises.
IDRC representatives and research partners are participating in a number of events and panels to share findings from our programming on health systems research and the role of think tanks in achieving the health-related Sustainable Development Goals. A panel discussion on Friday, November 18, brings researchers from five Canadian and African teams together under the Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa initiative. They will share the following emerging findings related to practical solutions to improve maternal and child health:
- Providing training and skills upgrading to associate clinicians in Tanzania to meet the demand for life-saving obstetrical procedures for mothers and their newborns.
- Identifying incentive models to support volunteer community health workers in South Sudan and Uganda.
- Implementing the “Malawi Neonatal Package of Care”, which includes a number of low-cost interventions to reduce neonatal mortality at the health facility level in Malawi.
- Helping governments in Burkina Faso and Mali assess the impact of results-based financing to health service providers.
- Enhancing the Bajenu Gox Initiative, a community-based health worker program in Senegal that supports women during the pre-natal, delivery, and post-natal periods.
IDRC is a regular supporter of the biannual symposium. Our funding has enabled up to 40 delegates from low- and middle-income countries to attend the Vancouver event. Their participation enriches debates and introduces them to researchers and decision-makers from Canada and around the world.
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