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November 2019 | Issue 3   

In this issue:

Greetings and Happy Fall! 
                     

 

Those of us who are passionate about working in global health gain a great deal of courage from people like our partners in India. Take for example, one of CHETNA staff: a single mother in a semi-rural area, paying her mortgage on her own, always holding the needs of her child up high so that she can persevere. The circumstances in which she lives are challenging as patriarchal norms surround her; being divorced in her social setting is unusual and eyebrow raising. Yet she keeps fighting to improve nutritional status of other women.

Being connected with our partners in India gives us a strong base, and we are currently creating a relationship with an Indigenous health centre in BC. MIHCan’s work is about making a difference abroad, as well as focusing on Canadians and our important role in the world. Why should we care? Why should we care about people who live far away from us, or whose lives are very different from our own? Caring about the wellbeing of Canadians and people in other nations is a longstanding Canadian tradition. It surprises some Canadians to know that our stellar reputation in other countries is based on our partnerships, which are supportive and understanding of the ways in which nations create self-reliance and development. Members of MIHCan recently published a paper called Power of Partnerships, about Canada’s role in improving maternal health. We believe that Canada not only has a great deal of women’s health expertise to offer the world, but that we have a responsibility to act. 

Our federal government’s feminist policies make Canada stand out. In polarizing times like these, it seems even more critical that we hold our role as a caring nation close to our hearts. Educating ourselves about the win-win of better health for all through a more equal playing field is even more important, as hatred now can pass off as good political leadership. Speaking out for women and children, from a well-rounded public health perspective, is key to the work of MIHCan. We host and participate in many events, speak to the media and carry out research, highlighting the importance of the lives of women and children. I am constantly inspired by the words of Oriah Mountain Dreamer, a Canadian, whose words we sing in our choir: 

"I want to know if you can see Beauty

even when it is not pretty

every day.

And if you can source your own life

from its presence”
          -Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Our persistent work, in the face of the realities that exist in the world, pretty or not, is key to MIHCan’s ethos.

Research Underway     

MIHCan is working on an exploratory study to appraise the feasibility of Ayurveda—a traditional medical system—in reducing maternal morbidity and mortality in India. MIH Can considers this a gap in global MNCH knowledge, as the majority of people in the Global South access traditional/integrative health practitioners as their primary care providers. Through focus groups and interviews, MIHCan we have obtained the perspectives of Ayurvedic practitioners, including those who specialize in maternal and child health (MNCH), Ayurvedic college educators, and experts in MNCH in India. With the newly-established AYUSH ministry signaling an interest in traditional medicine, MIHCan views this an opportune moment to examine the potential benefits of traditional medicine integrative health practices in MNCH disease prevention. 

We are working with Dr. Kranti Vohra, maternal health researcher of the Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar, on a plan to study stress reduction in rural Adivasi (Indigenous) women during the perinatal period. We are planning to carry out a yoga intervention and evaluate its impacts.

Upcoming Webinar

Our next highly anticipated webinar will be on a new innovative phone texting based pre/postnatal education application.

November 19th 8:30pm PST
Topic
: SmartMom: Teaching by Texting
Speaker: Dr. Patti Janssen, a Professor and Co-lead of the Maternal Child Health Theme at the UBC School of Population and Public Health
Discussant: Dr. Kranti Vohra, a maternal health researcher for the Indian Institute of Public Health will be offering insight and commentary on the application of this program in India and throughout the Global South.

Education Sessions and Outreach Review of 2019

Here are some MIHCan events from 2019: 

February
Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day
MIHCan was thrilled that the city of Vancouver proclaimed February 12th to be Sexual Health and Reproductive Awareness Day. We celebrated the day with livestreams from Taz Dhanani, Raguram Bhaskar, Praveen Varshney, Willie Clark, Dr. Peter Berman, and Dr. Shroff in Pune with one of MIHCan's partners, Masum. 

March
Founding of the Maternal and Infant Health Canada Club at UBC
We were very pleased to announce the formation of the AMS Maternal and Infant Health Canada Club at UBC on March 4th. Continue reading to learn more about the progress the UBC club has made!

May Webinar
Topic: Pragmatic Approaches to Studying Wholistic Therapies
This presentation discussed methodological approaches to clinical research, with an examination of designs such as case study, n-of-1 study, whole system research, and patient-oriented research. 

Speaker: Dr. Brenda Leung, ND, PhD

June
Women Deliver 2019
Several MIHCan members participated in Women Deliver 2019 and other events that focused on Indigenous women and local women's movements that were held concurrently. The city was buzzing with women's rights and health activists and visionaries! The world was looking at Canada's leadership in feminism as a shining example of where other nations could go. It was an uplifting whirlwind of meetings, intellectual richness and possibilities for change. We reveled at being the centre of this wheel of change. It was a plateau moment for those of us who have worked from the margins to bring women's health rights to the centre. World leaders took the stage in Vancouver to show the world that they cared about women--what a breath of fresh air! Keeping this momentum going is important and MIHCan intends to do our part.

August Webinar
Topic: Quality Improvement Initiatives to Address Disproportionate HIV Burden Among Female Adolescents Living with HIV (ALHIVs) - Lessons from the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN)

Speaker: Dr. Henrietta Ezegbe

September Webinar
Topic: Re-defining Perimenopause for women.
Dr. Prior, a leader in research on the menstrual cycle, shared her insight into menopause care. 

Speaker: Dr. Jerilynn Prior

Live Public Events

June 1: Chalo Chalo! Health Research in India
This presentation was part of a national panel of South Asian Studies in Canada as part of the Social Sciences and Humanities Congress. Dr. Shroff discussed the enthusiasm that many people in Canada have for the work in and about India, particularly the diaspora. Engaging the diaspora in health and development efforts is a productive way to leverage immigrant Canadians’ love for their ancestral lands.

October 7th: Sparking Better Health Film Premiere
We had a wonderful event at the beginning of October, featuring Dr. Emilie Salomons. Dr. Salomons did a fabulous job discussing MIH Can with the group of participants who gathered together to learn about our work and see our video. The video, Sparking Health: the Research of Maternal and Infant Health Canada, featured Drs: Dorothy Shaw, Arun Garg, Emilie Salomons, and Nerges Mistry (the Director of the Foundation for Medical Research in Mumbai). It was a well attended and active event, with deep learning from the participants who had diverse lived experiences. We are appreciative of the funding support given to us by U
BC's Women Deliver, which profiled our Founder, Dr. Shroff here.


November 7: Fanning the Flames: the Research of MIHCan
Dr. Shroff spoke alongside Carolina Judkowicz and Alexandra Gillis about MIHCan’s education, research, and outreach. We gave an overview of our goals and outreach, emphasizing our work with Canadians and the importance of maintaining bridges between Canada and the Global South. 

November 16: Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls Conference
Dr. Shroff and Alexandra Gillis went to École Panorama Ridge Secondary to lead the Dream Beam Boost Esteem workshop for the Dream It, Be It Girls Conference 2019. The workshop was aimed at helping young self-identifying girls from high schools around the city to take charge of their future.The workshop was followed by stimulating discussions among peers and facilitators. After all, our level of self-esteem and self confidence is often based upon our beliefs about ourselves.This workshop provides an opportunity for girls to achieve the self-esteem and self-confidence they want. Our nonjudgmental, non-directive questioning process can help you uncover self-limiting and self-defeating beliefs you hold about yourself. MIHCan took part in this conference not only to help boost esteem in young girls but to introduce them to the importance of getting involved in nonprofit and volunteer work for the benefit of their academic futures and the future of the world.

Partner Highlight: Dr. Kranti Suresh Vora 

Dr. Kranti Suresh Vora has an MD (ObGyn) from Gujarat University, a MPH from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (USA), and a PhD from the University of Maryland (USA). Her past experience extends from private practice specializing in infertility, to working in UNFPA led government of Gujarat project and in academic institutes. She began her public health career as a consultant in SEWA, Ahmedabad. Dr. Vora has worked as a faculty at IIPH, Gandhinagar since October 2012. She has managed various projects in maternal health area with international partners such as Karolinska Institutet (Sweden), the University of Aberdeen (UK), and Unicef Afghanistan. She is currently visiting faculty at the University of Canberra (Australia).

Dr. Vora has managed projects related to innovations to improve maternal child health including use of ICT for increased utilization.

Member Highlight: Dr. Woollard  


Robert F Woollard, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Professor, UBC Department of Family Practice

Dr. Woollard is Professor of Family Practice at UBC. He has extensive national and international experience in the fields of medical education, the social accountability of medical schools, ecosystem approaches to health, and sustainable development. He is actively involved in Nepal with a new national medical school, school of public health, and nursing school founded on the principles of social accountability. He also works in East Africa on matters of social accountability, primary care, and accreditation systems. He co-chairs the Global Consensus on Social Accountability for Medical Schools (GCSA) and does extensive work in this area with many international bodies. He was a lead organizer for the World Summit on Social Accountability that led to the Tunis Declaration. His primary research focus is the study of complex adaptive systems as they apply to the intersection between human and environmental health. His book, “Fatal Consumption: Rethinking Sustainable Development” details some of his work in this regard. He is Associate Director of the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc). He also provides central leadership in the development of a Canadian national strategy for addressing educational and service needs for surgical and obstetrical services in rural Canada—in particular Aboriginal service access for birthing. He was instrumental in establishing the mobile clinic for agricultural workers. Above all he is a husband, father and grandfather.

UBC Student Club

Our UBC student club is finalizing their groundwork so that they can meaningfully explore global health disparities. They have created a constitution, put an executive in place and more. We look forward to seeing the club flourish!

CanWaCH

MIHCan is a member of CanWaCH and this year Dr. Shroff will be attending the AGM in Ottawa.
Here’s a poster that Chris Laugen, Jimmy Minhas, and Dr. Shroff made:

GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday is on December 3rd. Come join us on GivingTuesday to show the world the power of generosity, and how we, as a community, can empower and improve the health of mothers and babies in India. 

Donations can be made through our Giving Tuesday MIH Can page. Please share this event with all your friends and encourage them to do the same! 

You can follow MIH Can on Facebook to stay connected with upcoming events and educational sessions!

Other Fundraising Opportunities

Fundraising is still the key to catalyzing our projects. If you, or someone you know would like to donate or host a fundraiser, please click here or feel free to contact us to learn more about how your donations can impact the lives and well-being of women and children in India and beyond.

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November, 2018                                                                                       Issue 2

In this issue:

Greetings and Happy Fall!                       

Maternal and Infant Health Canada is so pleased to be part of global efforts to improve the health of vulnerable members of the human family. There are many people and organizations in the Global South, Canada and elsewhere that are working to improve the health of women and children. This summer, while working in central Kenya, in Nyeri county, I was privileged to work with many heros and sheros who bring hope and care to communities in rural and underserved areas. It was incredibly inspiring to witness the work of volunteer community members who brought compassion and caring to children and families living with HIV. Many mothers around me had adopted children whose mothers had died in childbirth or from HIV. Local, neighborhood solutions are so powerful. The organization with which I did some work, Vision Gardens, is entirely run by volunteers, except for their one paid staff. They work tirelessly to show kindness, lend an ear and make real and significant changes in peoples' lives. I was told about a young man, who had lost his parents and only lived with his sister, was ready to commit suicide because his uncle had denied him the right to perform a traditional ceremony. Volunteers spoke to the uncle and convinced him to agree to the ceremony. Then when they learned more about the lives of the children, one of the volunteers adopted both siblings. I met one of the siblings, who many years later, has a full life. I had the opportunity to do some training with Vision Gardens and found the volunteers to be full of laughter and humility. I am filled with hope when I meet people who are so highly motivated to bring about a better world.

We hope you enjoy this time of harvest and thanksgiving.

-Dr. Farah Shroff (MIH Can founder)

MIH Can Has a New Logo!

             

Maternal and Infant Health Canada is very appreciative of the kind act bestowed upon us by ReThink Canada, the amazing Vancouver based creative agency that gave us our new logo. Mitch McKarney and Hans Theissen were the two gracious talents behind the design. We'd like to thank them and the others at ReThink! for this lovely flower image. They thought carefully about the work that we do, to improve the lives of women, children and communities here and abroad. The inner flower is the child and the middle flower is the mother with the larger flower representing the community. For us, the logo really speaks to the beauty of all flowers blossoming, like we hope that all people have the opportunity to shine and be truly well.

Web-based Educational Sessions Update

Our webinar educational session are now well on their way!

Dr. Emilie Salomons provided a well received lecture via webinar on May 23, 2018. The topic, 'An Introduction to Acupuncture and Acupressure for Pregnancy and Childbirth', explored the history and modern research on Chinese medicine and it's role in supporting pregnancy and childbirth.

Dr. Brenda Leung will be presenting a webinar on Applied Research Methods for Naturopathic Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine, and other Traditional Holistic Practices, December 15th, 2018. Register here to watch the live webinar.

If you have a topic you would like to present, please share your ideas by emailing: mihcancares@gmail.com.

Live MIH Can Events and Workshops for 2018 

Here are a few other MIH Can events from 2018:

February: After MIH Can prompted this proclamation; February 12th, 2018 marked Vancouver's first anniversary of the International Day for Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness. We look forward to many more.

February: MIH Can co sponsored an event during which Drs Shroff and Ansari spoke about women's health in Canada and the Global South.

March: Drs Ansari and Ezegbeh, represented MIH Can at the South Asia Conference of the Pacific Northwest (SACPAN), during which they presented a talk on maternal and child health.

November: Drs Hamideh Bayrampour and Duncan Etches gave an innovative lecture, Getting to health: Here and Abroad at UBC on November 5th, 2018. Dr. Bayrampour discussed her novel research on maternal mental health, exposing barriers that preclude better screening and ultimately better well-being for pregnant women; while Dr. Etches spoke about the health impacts of climate change and environmental degradation and urged us all to take political action to spurn better health.

Ground Work in India

In March, Dr. Shroff went to India and was able to meet with many of the MIH Can partners, including, MASUM, Pune University, and CHETNA. She was also able to visit areas where these amazing organizations were working, and connected with the women and children supported by the groups.

Representing MIH Can, Dr. Shroff provided several lectures and workshops for CHETNA and the public health institute, including a maternal health workshop for some of the most effected women and children, in what CHETNA described as a 'rural slum' in Ahmedabad.

Dr. Farah Shroff during a CHETNA organized maternal health workshop

Women Deliver Update 
Did you know that Women Deliver, the global conference, is coming to Vancouver in 2019 - June 3-6th? Its purpose is not simply a conference but also to leave a legacy in the country selected for the conference. The conference was launched by the Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister, in October 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre where the Women Deliver conference will take place. There is a Canadian mobilization across all sectors and as a representative of the CanWACH Board, I was honoured to attend a round table with Minster Bibeau on August 21st 2018 where several key BC stakeholders in the cross-sector mobilization were present to share their planned activities, including two Olympic champions and the president of our BC Women’s Foundation, Genesa Greening, who is chairing the mobilization group. CanWACH is the umbrella for the Canadian mobilization for Women Deliver. Dr. Jan Christilaw, known to many of you, has been the initiator of a pre-Women Deliver conference on global Indigenous Women’s Health a with our own indigenous leaders taking on the role of sharing this conference to create a legacy for Canada’s indigenous women. Dr. Lori Brotto, the Executive Director of the Women’s Health Research Institute was also present at the round table and the annual WHRI symposium has been scheduled the Friday before the main Women Deliver conference and will include global women’s health researchers. In terms of MIHCan, I encourage you to explore the website and consider attending because the networking opportunities in terms of the global community is wonderful and MIHCan will fit right in. We are still in time to submit an abstract about MIHCan’s work. https://wd2019.org
Also, UBC has a Women Deliver website and a very excited community and there are opportunities for some small grant funding for events leading up to Women Deliver. https://events.ubc.ca/women-deliver-2019/
Lots of opportunity and I will keep you posted as things evolve.Regards,
Dr. Dorothy Shaw

MIH Can Partner Hightlight: CHETNA                        

CHETNA's approach to health embraces the life cycle of gender equity and human rights within the wide cultural, economic and political environment. It recognises the needs of children, youth and women at the critical stages of life viz. Children (0-10 years), Adolescents and Youth (11-24 years) and Women (25+)Life Cycle Approach

Over the years, women’s health needs have been addressed through maternal and child health programmes, focusing primarily on narrow aspect of their lives. With new knowledge and changing perspectives, women’s health is now being viewed holistically – as a continuum of care that starts before birth and progresses cumulatively through childhood and adolescence to adulthood and old age. This lifecycle approach extends beyond women’s reproductive role to encompass women’s health at every stage and in every aspect of their lives. Through this approach, other health issues affecting women that were previously overlooked, or thought not to exist, have become more apparent.

Henceforth, the determinants and responses to women’s health profile must consider all factors -and not only biological ones- such as the economic, social and cultural factors that affect their status, as well as gender relations between women and men. There is therefore a need for a new paradigm shift. This shift in perspectives will bring into focus the gender dimension in women’s health.

A Word From MIH Can's Ambassador of Advancement

I learnt about MIH Can last year and its vision touched me deeply. I had been to India as few years before and saw firsthand how poverty effects the masses; especially women and children. I kept thinking how blessed my life has been and wondered what I could do to help, especially with fundraising. MIH Can resonated with me because they go into rural areas and work together with the local people to support, educate and ultimately empower them. In my opinion, MIH Can brings people together and addresses the health and cultural needs of the community. When my father was Chancellor of UBC, he encouraged projects like this—reaching out across borders to share knowledge for wellbeing.

Robyn Wyman                                                                

A Word from MIH Can's Newest Student Volunteers

We are a group of students mainly in the faculty of arts at UBC who are volunteering for MIH Can because we would like to do our part to alleviate some of the disparities that exist in global health. We chose MIH Can to volunteer with because many of us come from the Global South and have seen the tragic lost of life that is largely related to poverty. We want to be part of the solution in our discipline we study the larger causes that lead to the suffering and death of women and children. MIH Can has given us a tangible vehicle that helps us articulate the issues. In this photo, we are missing Tanaz, who is a political science graduate from UBC who has been working with MIH Can for over a year. Like us, she is also passionate about the global work that MIH Can facilitates and loves meeting with potential partners in the health-care field.

We'd like to thank MIH Can's Director of Philanthropy, Shirley Ross, for all her guidance. To find more information about us or what MIH Can stands for, please visit our Facebook page, Maternal and Infant Health Canada.

Mishal Tahir, Kim-Sa Ngo, Ryan Liew, Carolina Judkowicz (missing: Tanaz Dhanani)

Upcoming Events

Dr. Brenda Leung will be presenting a webinar via Healthy Seminars, on Applied Research Methods for Naturopathic Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine, and other Traditional Holistic Practices, December 15th, 2018.

Fundraiser night!
Please join the MIH Can team Saturday November 17th.
We are hosting a fundraiser event at Bimini's Public House, starting at 10pm. Tickets can be bought either in person or online for $10, with each ticket including cover and a free drink for one person. All proceeds of the night go to MIHCan, a non-profit organization that aims to ameliorate the health outcomes of mothers and their babies in India. MIHCan is targeting international wellness issues by encouraging more training for traditional birth attendants, increased medical attention, and focused research on preventable risk factors that endanger infant and maternal health. We hope you can make it!

GivingTuesday opens the giving season by allowing charities, companies, and individuals to join together for their favourite causes. On November 27th, join us on GivingTuesday to show the world the power of generosity, and how we, as a community, can empower mothers and babies in India.
Please share this event with all your friends and encourage them to do the same!
Donations can be made through our Giving Tuesday MIH Can page http://givingtuesday.ca/partners/maternal-infant-health-canada-mih-can

Follow MIH Can on Facebook to stay connected with upcoming events and educational sessions!

Fundraising

Fundraising is still the key to catalyzing our projects. If you, or someone you know would like to donate, please click here or feel free to contact us to learn more about how your donations can impact the lives and wellbeing of women and children in India and beyond.

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Maternal Infant Health Canada

December, 2017                                                                      Issue 1
Happy festive season to all! 

As 2017 comes to an end, MIH Can is grateful for the progress the group has made and for the fun we’ve had in promoting the health and human rights of children and women around the world with a focus on India. Our educational events are enriching and we feel gratified that people learn about the realities of peoples’ lives, no matter how far away they are.

Our other activities this year have been equally as spicy, inspiring and heart-warming. We have updated our website and created a Facebook page, so we invite you to have a look at the new site and follow us on Facebook.

Our team is amazing, here and in India. It has been wonderful to expand our team in both countries. We are working on some new developments so there’ll be lots to report in the next edition!

-Dr. Farah Shroff (MIH Can founder)

In this issue:

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Awareness Day

We are happy to announce that thanks to the work of MIH Can, mayor Gregor Robertson, of the City of Vancouver, has proclaimed every February 12th, Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day. This continues every year and gives us the opportunity to build bridges between our work here and the work of our partners in India.
Media on the proclamation: CBC , National Post

New partnerships                                                   

MIH Can has recently established new partners in: CHETNA, Sudha Navavarapu, SNEHA, MASUM and Common Health. We have added links to our partners on our newly updated website, and invite you to have a look.

Educational sessions are under way!

Another major advancement in our project has been the launch of our educational sessions, the most recent of which was Nov. 1StMaternal Health and Food Security. Issues from a global perspective. The session featured Dr. Farah Shroff and Dr. Nadra Ansari. They were joined by researcher Sudha Nagavarapu and the Director of CHETNA, Pallavi Patel, both live from India. We envision these events getting stronger and involving greater participation over time – one of the ways we know we can bridge our languages and our knowledge.

We are also excited to share that we now have a platform to live stream and record our sessions. For better access and affordability, we plan to create an educational sessions library, to allow our partners access to the recordings. If you have a topic you would like to present, please share your ideas by emailing: mihcancares@gmail.com.

Women Deliver event

MIH Can was invited to participate in the Women Deliver event on November 16th, hosted by Sophie Gregor Trudeau. Speakers included, Prime Minister Justine Trudeau, BC Premier John Horgan, Squamish Nation Youth Leader Adina Williams and Women Deliver CEO Katja Iverson. Women Deliver is a leading, global advocate for girls’ and women’s health, rights, and wellbeing, Women Deliver brings together diverse voices and interests to drive progress for gender equality, particularly in maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights.

We welcome the addition of the Varshneys to our team
“As Development Directors, we are pleased to support the efforts of the amazing MIH Can team by providing some financial support, advice & guidance and creating awareness of their wonderful work.  Thank you to all of you for your volunteer efforts to improve the lives of women and children in India!” – Praveen & Anuja Varshney, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
A big thank you to our three honorary patrons

We would like to thank the honourary patrons who joined our team earlier this year, The Honourable Mobina Jaffer, the Honourable Don Davies and the Honourable Dr. Asha Seth. We appreciate their support immensely.

A word from the Honourable Dr. Asha Seth
“I wish to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to the MIH Can team for giving me an opportunity to serve as Honorary Patron of MIH Can. My special thanks to Dr. Farah Shroff.As a doctor and Senator, the world of Maternal and Newborn Health Care is my passion. Worldwide advocacy for better health for women and children are a mantra by which I live. It gives me great pleasure and pride to be Honorary Patron of MIH Can.”Dr. Seth travelled to India in March 2017, to advocate for better health globally for women and children. The visit included New Delhi and Lucknow, where Dr. Seth visited the offices and programs of Nutrition International (formerly known as Micronutrient Initiative.) Through these first-hand experiences with nutrition programming at the grassroots level, Dr. Seth’s commitment to advocating for nutrition has grown – particularly for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health care.During Dr. Seth's visit to India,  she had opportunity to speak to a group of medical peers at the All Indian Institute for Medical Sciences in Delhi try to reinforced the importance of improving nutrition.“The cause nearest to my heart is the plight of maternal, newborn and Child health care globally. As a physician who has delivered thousands of babies, it has been my calling to care for women and children,” said Seth.
A word from the Honorable Don Davies
It is a tremendous honour to serve as an honorary patron of Maternal and Infant Health Canada.I am humbled by the incredible work that your organization is doing to reduce maternal and infant mortality and improve health outcomes in one of the poorest regions of India. I share your strongly held belief that Canada can, and must, do more to promote maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health throughout the world.According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), while combined overall global contributions to development assistance reached a new peak of $142.6 billion US in 2016, Canada's contribution has actually shrunk under the current federal government. Canada's official development assistance, which stood at $3.9 billion US in 2016, shrank by 4.4 per cent compared to the previous year and only accounted for about 0.26 per cent of our country's gross national income (GNI).That's well below the 0.32 average for the 29 Development Assistance Committee (DAC) countries and the 0.7 percent target originally established by Lester B. Pearson and adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1970.Looking forward, I will continue calling on the federal government to honour Canada’s word by matching our rhetoric with the resources we pledged over four decades ago.

Upcoming events

MIH Can is planning a private fundraising event attended by various personalities from the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver community at large, in the spring of 2018.

If you would like to attend or host your own event, please email: mihcancares@gmail.com

Follow MIH Can on Facebook to stay connected with upcoming events and educational sessions!

Next steps for MIH Can
Into the future, we will be inviting contributions that will help put our work in the public eye, on both sides of the globe. We also hope to continue to strengthen the relationship with our partners in India. Dr. Farah Shroff was invited to Laos to start a Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) project which is up and running in the areas of health education, water, sanitation and reducing violence against women. We hope to keep in touch with this project and other MNCH work around the world. We plan to continue to expand our education sessions, including, Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) training, nutrition and more.Finally, the future also holds the possibility for a large collaboration to produce multi-year research and data that will support the continuation of our work.
Fundraising
In 2017, we established great partnerships and created an incredible team of maternal and infant health experts. Moving to 2018, fundraising will be the key to catalyzing our projects. If you, or someone you know would like to donate, please click here or feel free to contact us to learn more about how your donations can impact the lives and wellbeing of women and children in India and beyond.
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