PWRDF Participates in Maternal Newborn and Child Health Symposium

Lydia Andre Jaime, a nurse in Namina, Mozambique, checks on Sifa Peleuda's soon-to-be-born baby at a Mothers-in-Waiting House. Photo: Simon Chambers '| Lydia Andre Jaime, a nurse in Namina, Mozambique, checks on Sifa Peleuda's soon-to-be-born baby at a Mothers-in-Waiting House. Photo: Simon Chambers

At the G8 meeting held in Canada in 2010, our government made a commitment to support strategic investment in maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) through the Muskoka Initiative. Subsequently, at the request of the Government of Canada, the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (CAN-MNCH) was born. Comprised of over 60 Canadian organizations, CAN-MNCH’s mandate is to play a leadership role in developing synergistic collaboration among Canadian agencies engaged in MNCH.

CAN-MNCH is hosting a symposium October 3 and 4 in Ottawa to explore the successes, challenges and next-steps in the ongoing work of improving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable women and children. PWRDF has formed an advisory committee comprised of health practitioners and educators who, along with PWRDF staff, will be participating in the symposium with the following objectives:

  • To give visibility to the work funded by PWRDF in the area of maternal and child health
  • To raise PWRDF’s profile with Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD)
  • To engage Anglicans in the work of PWRDF in the area of maternal and child health

PWRDF Partners, Advisory Committee members and PWRDF staff will participate and present to the full symposium:

PWRDF Partners:
Farida Akhter, Executive Director, UBINIG, Bangladesh
Dr. Carol Baker Hofmeyr, Co-founder, Keiskamma Trust, South Africa
Olinda Magaia, Executive Director, EHALE, Mozambique

PWRDF’s MNCH Advisory Committee:
Dr. Nick Busing
Ms. Debbie Grisdale
Dr. Lela Zimmer
Ms. Rachel Johnson

PWRDF Staff:
Adele Finney, Executive Director
Zaida Bastos, CIDA Program Coordinator
Christine Hills, Public Engagement Program Officer
Simon Chambers, Communications Coordinator

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