Government of Canada

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Global Initiatives

Canada supports a number of strategic global initiatives aimed at improving, in the most cost-effective way possible, the health, nutrition, and education of the greatest number of people living in poverty.

Canada's commitment

Canada's Global Initiatives Program supports international development organizations and initiatives that focus on reducing maternal, newborn, and child deaths worldwide, fighting diseases and malnutrition, and increasing education. These organizations and initiatives include:

  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
  • United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF)
  • The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
  • Stop TB Partnership
  • The Micronutrient Initiative
  • Malaria Consortium
  • Catalytic Initiative to Save a Million Lives
  • Global Partnership for Education
  • Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI)

Canada's goal is to improve the performance and sustainability of health and education systems and make further progress in reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Canada's programs are aligned with the policies and programs of developing countries and take an evidence-based approach by supporting interventions proven to reduce child deaths. This approach encourages the long-term sustainability of Canada's international development programs and effective use of aid resources.

Nurse preparing a syringe
Nurse preparing to immunize children against one of six major childhood diseases at a community health clinic in Sudan.

Throughout the developing world, Canada works to help reduce death and disability from diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, polio, and tuberculosis and from lack of essential micronutrients such as Vitamin A.

Canada supports the Global Partnership for Education, formerly called the Education for All—Fast Tract Initiative. The partnership helps to mobilize resources and speed up progress toward the achievement of MDG 2 and the goals of Education for All. Canada strongly supports the Global Partnership's strategic directions, which focus on learning outcomes, girls' education, and fragile states.

Key results

Canada supports global initiatives that produce measurable results:

  • Through its $1.5 billion commitment to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria since 2002—the largest commitment Canada has ever made to an international health organization—Canada has helped provide AIDS treatment to more than 4.2 million persons and tuberculosis treatment to 9.7 million individuals, as well as distribute 310 million insecticide-treated mosquito nets. An estimated 8.7 million deaths have been averted so far.
  • With Canada's support, the Micronutrient Initiative has distributed more than 8 billion Vitamin A capsules to children in developing countries since 1999, contributing to lowering child mortality rates, and saving the lives of an estimated 3 to 5 million children. Canada is recognized as a world leader in supplying micronutrients—vitamins and minerals that are essential to good health—to children around the world.
  • Through the Catalytic Initiative to Save a Million Lives, Canada has helped to train and equip health workers to prevent and treat illness and deliver health services to vulnerable groups of children and pregnant women. To date, more than 48,000 health workers in six countries have been trained.
  • Through its support of the Global Partnership for Education, Canada has helped enroll 19 million children in elementary school, build more than 30,000 classrooms, train more than 300,000 teachers and distribute more than 200 million textbooks. The global number of children not in school has dropped from 100 million in 2000, to 67 million now.

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