Canadian Partnership for Women and Children's Health (CanWaCH)
The Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) catalyzes Canadian collaboration among 100 Partners who are improving women’s and children’s health in 1,000 communities worldwide. They do this by capitalizing on the data revolution, connecting experts, and communicating impact to stakeholders. Through the power of partnership, they strive to realize a world where every women and children survives and thrives.
The Power of Partnership: Organizations you know, united together and working alongside women and children around the globe for their right to survive and thrive.
They connect, collaborate and communicate to strengthen their members’ work in reproductive, maternal, newborn, adolescent and children’s health. In planning, in the field, in sharing expertise, their members know they can do more and do it even better together!
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 at a roundtable hosted by the Honourable Minister of International Cooperation. These leaders saw an 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.