Global Health

What's Missing From Our Mission To End Malaria?

Plan International Canada | Posted 04.25.2017 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

When it comes to global killers, malaria is one of our planet's deadliest perpetrators. In fact, half of the world's population -- 3.2 billion people -- is at risk. In 2016, one child died from malaria every two minutes. Like so many of our most pervasive diseases, malaria is even deadlier for women and children.

A Little Kindness Can Change A Life

Shujaat Wasty | Posted 04.12.2017 | Canada Impact
Shujaat Wasty

We are presented opportunities everyday to make a difference in the lives of those around us, near or far, through our actions, time, or money. Whether we embrace that opportunity is up to us and, evidently, even the smallest of gestures or actions can veritably snowball into lasting results.

Creating A Community To Advance Global Health Diagnostics

Dr. Madhukar Pai | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada
Dr. Madhukar Pai

By Madhukar Pai & Rebecca Weintraub Despite the critical importance of diagnosis, diagnostic testing and laboratory capacity receive much less attent...

HIV, TB, And The Battle For Global Health

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 12.02.2016 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

Tuberculosis (TB), a formidable foe to global health for thousands of years, has joined forces with HIV, a relative new-kid on the block, and together the two have left a wake of destruction, destitution, and death in communities across the globe.

Youth Breaking Boundaries: Canadian Priorities For Global Health

Development Unplugged | Posted 11.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

Global health transcends boundaries. But it also transcends domains and disciplines of practice. Canada is positioned to play a strategic role as a leader on the international development stage, and this means that integrating youth leaders into global discourses, particularly relating to health, is vital.

Achieve Real Gender Equality For Adolescent Health

Development Unplugged | Posted 11.03.2016 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

Sexual and reproductive health and rights are a cornerstone of adolescents' transition to adulthood, yet limited access to sexual and reproductive health services is preventing women and girls from leading safe, healthy, and dignified lives.

'Cascade Of Care' Can Help India Plug Gaps In TB Treatment

Dr. Madhukar Pai | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Impact
Dr. Madhukar Pai

Over the last decade, the HIV community has very effectively used the cascade of care analysis to identify and plug gaps so that more patients receive effective treatment. UNAIDS recently endorsed an ambitious "90-90-90" global target based on the cascade. The TB community has lagged behind.

Too Many Women Still Die During Pregnancy And Childbirth

Loubna Belaid | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Impact
Loubna Belaid

Every day approximately 830 mothers around the world die due to pregnancy and childbirth complications. Most of these are preventable deaths. That's why improving childbirth outcomes was a critical issue at the recent G7 Health Ministers meeting attended by Canada.

I Want My Son To Grow Up In A World Free Of Deadly Epidemics

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Impact
Caroline Riseboro

This time of year, parents are acutely aware of the complexities of raising a child. But imagine if another variable -- a potentially deadly disease -- could affect your child at any moment. For millions of people around the world, uncertainty is a daily reality.

The End Of The Malaria Epidemic Is Within Reach

Plan International Canada | Posted 04.26.2017 | Canada Living
Plan International Canada

This year, the World Health Organization is calling on the global community to "end malaria for good" by lowering the global malaria burden over the next 15 years, and reducing malaria death rates by at least 90%. We still have a long way to go, but the end of the malaria epidemic may finally be in sight, and could even be achieved within our lifetime.

Getting To Zero: A Call For World AIDS Day

Dr. Julio Montaner | Posted 11.23.2016 | Canada Impact
Dr. Julio Montaner

UNAIDS has embraced the ambitious goal of ending the AIDS by 2030, and this has now been formally endorsed within the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals agenda. On World AIDS Day, UNAIDS will be calling for the world to achieve: "Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths."

How Canada Can Commit to the Health of Our Global Community

Development Unplugged | Posted 10.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages includes a cross-cutting set of targets on maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, and environmental impacts. Health is also integrated as a target across a number of goals, including those related to gender, the environment, poverty and consumption -- implicitly recognizing the inter linkages necessary to health.

Pregnant Women World-Wide Need Timely Access to Supplements

Marion Roche | Posted 08.18.2016 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

As IFA interventions are reprioritized as part of maternal health initiatives, the composition of the supplement itself is being reconsidered. Pregnant women may benefit from more than just iron and folic acid supplements, as the diets and environments that have put them at risk of anemia may also be contributing to suboptimal intakes of other micronutrients. For example, millions of pregnant women suffer from vitamin A deficiency, zinc, and iodine, suggesting supplements could help fill the dietary gaps at the same time.

Coffee May Be the Future of Mosquito Control

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

For many people, coffee is the perfect way to start the day, end a meal, or help to recover after a long weekend. But while humans may tend to love the bitter flavour -- usually with some cream and sugar -- some insects find it toxic.

In Canada, We Have the Strategy and the Tools to End AIDS

Dr. Julio Montaner | Posted 06.06.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dr. Julio Montaner

Once the worse affected province, B.C.'s HIV burden today is way below the Canadian average. In Canada, we can lead the way forward towards ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but a federal level commitment is sorely lacking.

Vitamin A Helps Reduce Death From Measles

Marion Roche | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

WHO recommends vitamin A supplements to improve child survival. Vitamin A supplements have been shown to reduce the number of deaths from measles by 50 per cent, in populations with vitamin A deficiency. For children who are vitamin A deficient or undernourished, it would seem a simple solution -- immunization against measles and better nutrition -- to save lives.

Celebrating Canadian Global Nutrition Success

Joel C. Spicer | Posted 04.06.2015 | Canada
Joel C. Spicer

Without proper nutrition, many children don't make their 5th birthday. When Canada formed the Micronutrient Initiative more than 20 years ago, it highlighted the silent crisis of "hidden hunger" -- when people don't get the vitamins and minerals in their diets they need to stay alive and healthy.

Creating New Cultures of Innovation

Billie Carn | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada
Billie Carn

"Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and innovation. In...

University Student Finds Potential Malaria Treatment At The Grocery Store

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Impact
University of Toronto News

For first-year University of Toronto student Jessie MacAlpine, finding a potential treatment for malaria was almost too easy. First, she stumbled upon an herbicide compound through research in high school, then she read an article about how herbicides could be used to treat malaria, and then the "Eureka!" moment came.

Honouring Mothers With More Than Good Intentions

Marion Roche | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

For Rosario, listening to people and involving them in the initiatives that they identify as important is a given when you see people as the key agents of change in their own lives. This is something she learned to do many years ago.

"Doctor, What About My Brother?"

Dr. Raghu Venugopal | Posted 06.05.2013 | Canada Impact
Dr. Raghu Venugopal

The desperate man asked me in French, "Doctor, what about my brother?" Somewhere, in one of the rooms full of bloodied bodies lying on the ground, was this man's brother. A mass casualty incident had hit Am Timan hospital in chad. This man was looking for his brother amongst the 50 or so victims.

We Need to Help More Children Live to Be Adults

Dr. Raghu Venugopal | Posted 05.27.2013 | Canada Impact
Dr. Raghu Venugopal

The majority of our patients live. But sometimes they do not. Child survival in Chad is a day-to-day struggle. Many survive thanks to low-cost interventions like vaccination, proper nutrition, antibiotics, rehydration, blood transfusion and oxygen. Sadly, these interventions are available to too few.

Making a Difference One Mom at a Time

Marion Roche | Posted 05.07.2013 | Canada
Marion Roche

The first week in February in Canada was International Development Week, which explores and celebrates how Canada and Canadians are contributing to bu...

Ever Heard of the Life-Saving Box?

Marion Roche | Posted 02.20.2013 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

My project has its roots with my colleagues at the Guatemalan Ministry of Health who, after the initial success in the roll-out of the zinc and oral rehydration salts (ORS) treatment program for diarrhea, started thinking of ways to improve the program and its potential impact. They had the initial idea for what's become the cajita salvavida or "Life-saving Box."

Why I Love Canada: We Are Leaders in Health

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.27.2012 | Canada
Jason Tetro

2012-06-26-canadaflag.png Canada may be better known in the world for hockey and maple syrup but one of the greatest contributions Canada has made to the world is improvement of local and global health. This list epitomizes Canada's role in improving the health of not only Canadians, but also of the world's population.