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AKFC Seminars on Nurturing Maternal and Child Health

January 23, 2014

The AKFC Seminars on Nurturing Maternal and Child Health were hosted in partnership with the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (CAN-MNCH) from September 2013 to January 2014. This 5-part series of events explored approaches and strategies designed to strengthen health care in developing countries, with a particular focus on maternal and child health.




Friday, September 27, 2013 – Inaugural Event and Webcast: Finishing the Undernutrition Agenda

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Undernutrition is an underlying cause of almost half of child deaths in the world each year; undernourished children face a lifetime of consequences, including chronic poor health, mental impairment and economic hardship. In a new series on Maternal and Child Undernutrition, renowned medical journal The Lancet features new data and policy recommendations on global nutrition. The papers are a follow up to the Lancet’s 2008 series, which identified the critical 1,000 days between a mother’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday as the priority window for impact. Participants joined Series editor Dr. Robert Black and a panel of series authors as they discussed how new evidence and recommendations can deliver better results on nutrition in the world’s poorest countries. Mr. Paul Rochon, Deputy Minister of International Development, also provided remarks. This event was held in partnership with the Micronutrient Initiative (MI). To learn more about The Lancet research series, please click here.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 – Fortifying Human Capital in the Health Sector

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The Aga Khan Foundation Canada Seminars on Nurturing Maternal and Child Health, hosted in partnership with the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, explored approaches and strategies designed to strengthen health care in developing countries, with a particular focus on maternal and child health. The second event of the five-part series focused on:

The availability of qualified health professionals is central to the delivery of effective health care. From administrative support to medical specialists, every level of staff is key.  But many developing and fragile states suffer from a lack of trained staff needed to build a coherent health system. Participants joined Jules Zanre, Head of Mali Delegation, Canadian Red Cross, and Anne Wilson, former President, Canadian Association of Midwives, who discussed specific human resource needs in the health sector and strategies to address them.

Thursday, November 14 Shifting Behaviours: Tools for Better Health Practices

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Ensuring healthier lives, especially for women and children, begins at home. Women and children die every day of diseases such as diarrhea, which are easily preventable with better hygiene practices. But how can the health care community spur a change towards healthier practices? Changing traditional behaviours takes a lot of time, effort and contextual knowledge to be successful in any country. Participants joined Dr. Dauod Khuram, Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan; Ms. Robin Montgomery, Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development; Mr. Rohit Ramchandani, Cola Life and Ms. Carol Nablema, Water, Hygiene and Sanitation Consultant for a panel discussion on techniques to encourage better health practices in the developing world.

Thursday, December 5 – Supply and Demand: Examining Financial Access for Health

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Access to health services is globally recognized as a human right, yet for millions of people, basic health care remains out of reach. This is partly due to a lack of financial resources for individual households. Participants joined Marcia Metcalfe, Director of Microfinance and Health, Freedom from Hunger; Marnie Davidson, Program Manager and Health Advisor, CARE Canada, and Albert Tseng, Health Sector Lead, UNDP Business Call to Action who each shared a range of innovative approaches aimed at reducing the economic burden of health care. This session was moderated by Diane Gagnon, Lead, Global Health Research Initiative.

January 23, 2014 – Virtual Health, Healthy Reality: Exploring eHealth

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A growing number of practitioners are exploring eHealth – leveraging advances in communications technology to strengthen health systems across the globe. Aiming to promote improved health service provision, especially in difficult-to-access rural and remote communities, these innovations have resulted in a suite of programs from health messages delivered to mobile phones to video conferencing between doctors on different continents. Participants joined Dr. Kendall Ho, Director, eHealth Strategy Office, University of British Columbia, Saleem Sayani, Director, eHealth Resource Centre, Aga Khan Development Network and Chaitali Sinha, Senior Program Officer, International Development Research Centre, for an in-depth look at how eHealth is contributing to improved maternal and child health. This event was moderated by Dorothy Shaw, Chair, Canadian Network for Maternal and Child Health.

Undertaken with financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada.


January 23, 2014
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