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International Development Week 2015

Maternal, newborn and child health central to Canada’s international cooperation policies: summary and perspectives

In the fall of 2013, during a high-level meeting on maternal and child health, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) would be Canada’s “top international development priority.” In May 2014, during the Saving Every Woman Every Child Summit held in Toronto, the Government of Canada pledged to commit $3.5 billion to this cause between 2015 and 2020. Given the central role of this theme with the current government, the Association québécoise des organismes de coopération international [Quebec association of international cooperation agencies] (AQOCI), the Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en développement international et société [interdisciplinary centre for research on society and international development] (CIRDIS) and the blog Un seul monde [one world] believed it was important to analyze this issue in further detail in the context of International Development Week (IDW). How do professionals and stakeholders in the field summarize it and what do they think? Should we reconsider MNCH as it is envisioned by the current Canadian government? If yes, how? Should we broaden our definition of MNCH to include fundamentally political issue, such as human rights, the participation and empowerment of women, or the inclusion of women in decision-making processes?

Event Details
On-line event: No
Date of event: 2015-02-05
Time of event: 6 p.m.
Event Location: Local D-R200, Pavillon Athanase-David, 1430 rue St-Denis, UQAM, Métro Berri-UQAM
Montréal, Quebec
Organization: Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI)
Type of organization: Non-Governmental Organization
Contact person: Marie Brodeur Gélinas
Telephone: 514-871-1086 POSTE 207
Fax: 514-871-9866
Email address:
Address of Organization: 1001 Sherbrooke Est
Montréal, Quebec