The Catalytic Initiative to Save a million Lives is an international multidonor partnership with the goal of reducing child and maternal mortality. This initiative strengthens health systems to implement efficient and cost-effective health and nutritional activities for children and pregnant women.
Canada works in partnership with the following donor agencies in support of the Catalytic Initiative:
Overall, the Catalytic Initiative partners use a variety of programmatic approaches to accelerate the achievement of two Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): reduce child mortality (MDG 4) and improve maternal health (MDG 5) in a number of countries. Some countries are funded by only one donor partner, while others have multiple-donor support. The Catalytic Iinitiative targets the following developing countries (the countries marked with an * receive support from Canada for this initiative):
Canada is contributing to the Catalytic Initiative by providing $105 million in funding (2007-2013) to the Integrated Health Systems Strengthening in Africa project, a project implemented by UNICEF. This project is a major component of the Africa Health Systems Initiative announced at the 2006 G-8 Summit, representing a total investment of $450 million.
This project supports sub-Saharan African countries to train and equip front-line health workers to provide proven and affordable services to children and pregnant women, such as:
UNICEF also works with developing-country governments to improve the coordination and integration of health systems, and to strengthen health surveillance and information systems.
The project supports the development of integrated community case management (ICCM) programs, where community health workers deliver services at the community level to combat the three main killers of children younger than the age of five: malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia.
For information about how Canada supports the ICCM programs in Mali and Niger, watch UNICEF-produced videos that demonstrate the community benefits of these programs.
Canadian funding is making a difference. Here are a few examples:
These initiatives are central to addressing one of Canada's priority themes for international development: securing the future of children and youth. They are also a key element in Canada's efforts to improve maternal, newborn and child health. To find out more about these initiatives and other malaria control projects supported by Canada, consult the International Development Project Browser.