Under the conference theme “Governance for global health”, these researchers will share the trial results, approaches, case studies, and tools emerging from their work with Canadians.
This year’s conference includes a pre-congress event on October 16 about Latin America and the Caribbean, where IDRC grantees will focus on their efforts to improve policies promoting healthy, salt-reduced diets in the region.
Research team members under the Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA) initiative will present results coming to light in this seven-year, CA$36 million effort. Jointly funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Global Affairs Canada, and IDRC, IMCHA seeks to improve maternal, newborn, and child health by strengthening health systems, particularly in primary health.
IDRC and IMCHA are hosting five symposia during the conference:
Thursday, October 17
- Evidence-based decision making: Experiences from the IMCHA initiative (10:30–12 pm)
- Community mobilization of culturally appropriate and gender-sensitive services strengthens governance to enhance health equity and rights (3:30–5:00 pm)
- Assessing integrated implementation models of health and health-related SDGs: How is the world faring? (3:30–5:00 pm)
Friday, October 18
- Influencing health systems governance through community mobilization and engagement in innovating for mothers and children’s health in rural Africa (10:30–12 pm)
- Adolescent health rights and services among refugee populations in the Middle East (3:30–5:00 pm)
Several other conference events will also feature oral presentations and poster sessions from IMCHA- and IDRC-funded researchers. They will address, among other issues, equity in healthcare, community mobilization, the power of video, engaging medical professionals and corporate actors, free health services and universal healthcare, capturing cause of death, and male engagement in maternal and child health.
More than 550 global health researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and students from more than 30 countries are expected to attend the Ottawa conference to exchange knowledge and find new ways of working together. IDRC has supported the Canadian Conference on Global Health for the past 12 years, helping to make this a truly global gathering point for Canadians active in global health.