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    Immunization is one of the most cost-effective health interventions we can make: it saves millions of lives. Since 2000, with Canada’s support, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance has fully immunized half a billion children. Those kinds of results are the reason that immunization is a key part of Canada’s top development priority: improving maternal, newborn and child health. In November 2014, Canada pledged $500 million to help fund Gavi’s 2016–2020 strategy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBeNQtPfsCM&feature=youtu.be
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    What does Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance do and why should they keep at it? The challenge was—and still is—to #ReachEveryChild http://youtu.be/v__voxhPqTI
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    Canada and CECI ( CECI - Centre d'étude et de coopération internationale) are partnering up in Burkina to improve the productivity and competitiveness of the country’s rice industry to better respond to market demands and customer needs. Rice is one of the main food staples in the country. The project will also support the training and professionalization of women who are employed as rice steamers, technically referred to as rice parboilers. Parboiling is a rice milling method that allows rice to retain 80 percent of its nutritional value. The project will benefit more than 5,000 women and indirectly benefit 15,000 women who work in the industry. http://www.international.gc.ca/media/dev/news-communiques/2015/01/23a.aspx?lang=eng
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    New and dynamic agriculture partnerships, such as Grow Asia, are critical to meeting our common goal of alleviating hunger and malnutrition, and building the foundations for sustained growth and prosperity. During the World Economic Forum (#WEF15), Canada announced its partnership with WEF in the Global Challenge on Food Security and Agriculture. Grow Asia, similar to Grow Africa, will support regional efforts to engage the private sector in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) region ( ASEAN). Canada and Grow Asia aim to reach 10 million smallholder farmers in the region by 2020, and enable them to increase their yield and profits by 20%. Strengthening economic ties with ASEAN and opening new markets for Canadian exporters is part of Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan (GMAP). http://www.international.gc.ca/media/dev/news-communiques/2015/01/23b.aspx?lang=eng
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    #WEF15 #ReachEveryChild with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
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    #WEF15 #ReachEveryChild with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
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    Today, TfG Director Michele Moloney-Kitts and Founder Gary Cohen are speaking at Global Health and Diplomacy's Global Health Security Forum at #Davos alongside Canada is Dedicated to International Development - DFATD! We're thrilled to share the new issue of GHD magazine featuring three heroes from Safe magazine! Check it out here: http://bit.ly/1yShLW9
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    #IDW2015 gives us the chance to celebrate the international development achievements of Canada and Canadians.
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    #WEF #WEF15 - At the 2015 WEF annual general meeting, Minister Paradis will address key international development challenges, and explore opportunities for partnerships with the private sector to improve the health of mothers, newborns and children and to increase global food security and nutrition. "The challenges of global food security and health are far too large and complex to be solved by one sector alone," said Minister Paradis. "Through our leadership and involvement in the RDFI, Canada is driving innovative financing and partnership solutions to mobilize more investment from a diverse range of stakeholders, including the private sector, to maximize results." The RDFI is a joint global project between the World Economic Forum and the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Its main objective is to expand the pool of foreign and domestic capital to help accelerate global social and economic progress by enabling increased private sector financing.
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    Canada announced at the Engineers Without Borders Canada National Conference the creation of the Expert Working Group on Science and Technology for International Development. This group will be composed of a small group of eminent individuals that will make recommendations to reform programming, organizational structures and human resources in a way that will help achieve Canada’s development goals. Integrating science, technology and innovation in international development has the potential to eliminate poverty, boost economic growth and maximize the management of existing resources to improve the lives and livelihoods of people in developing countries. http://www.international.gc.ca/media/dev/news-communiques/2015/01/16a.aspx?lang=eng
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    #IDW2015 - Did you know that thousands of Canadians are dedicated to reducing global poverty? Visit the We Are Making a Difference campaign website and find out what Cathie Aalders Taylor, Pierre Rivard and Brett Hanley have done to help people living in developing countries. http://www.international.gc.ca/development-developpement/stories-histoires/making_a_difference-monde_meilleur.aspx?lang=eng Would you like to do something, too? You’ll find lots of ideas at International Development Week! http://www.international.gc.ca/development-developpement/involved-implique/idw-sdi.aspx?lang=eng
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    Heavy seasonal rains in southeastern Africa have led to serious flooding and although the initial assessments of the situation are still underway, it is already clear that tens of thousands of people have been deeply affected. In southern Malawi, over 100,000 people are estimated to have been displaced. This number may rise as assessments are completed. In central and northern Mozambique, thousands of people have been displaced or otherwise affected. The Government of Canada will immediately make available up to $1 million, in response to the situation in Malawi and Mozambique, through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. We express our deepest sympathies, and our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected. Canadians know what to do when people are in need; our values, compassion and generosity guide our response.
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    Canada has been involved with Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB) to drive economic growth, reduce global poverty and improve the lives of people in developing countries. The Engineers Without Borders National Conference: Unite to Unlock is focused on working collectively to unlock innovative ways to solve complex global challenges that create lasting systemic social change. Since 2002, Canada and EWB have been partnering to improve democratic governance and private sector development in Africa. Canada announced at the EWB National Conference the creation of the Expert Working Group on Science and Technology for International Development. This group will be composed of a small group of eminent individuals that will make recommendations to reform programming, organizational structures and human resources in a way that will help achieve Canada’s development goals. http://www.international.gc.ca/media/dev/news-communiques/2015/01/16a.aspx?lang=eng
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    From Feb 1 to 7, 2015, participate in International Development Week (#IDW2015). Learn more about DFATD’s and Canada’s role in international development. Find out where we work. Read the stories posted on our website. Get information on our projects and see for yourself the positive results they generate. Learn more at International Development Week. http://www.international.gc.ca/development-developpement/involved-implique/idw-sdi.aspx?lang=fra
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    Canada is home to some of the leading experts on maternal, newborn and child health. If your organisation would like to submit a proposal, please submit the proposal by January 15, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5). bit.ly/MNCHproposals
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    #Haiti2010 - Sustainable Strengthening of Haitian Firefighters’ Response Capabilities project In collaboration with the city of Quebec, this new project will reduce the vulnerability of Port-au-Prince to fire through the rebuilding of the municipal fire station, the procurement of a truck carrying a hose, and the training of 140 firefighters. The Port-au-Prince fire station, which was seriously damaged by the earthquake, is critically important to the security of the population. http://www.international.gc.ca/media/dev/news-communiques/2015/01/13a.aspx?lang=eng
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    Canada is proud of and congratulates Aaron Joshua Pinto, Melissa Kargiannakis and Rosimay Venancio, three Canadians who won the #QueensYoungLeaders Award for being leaders in their community and transforming the lives of others. http://jubileetribute.org/2015/01/the-first-ever-queens-young-leaders-are-announced/
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    With 45% of Ghana's population under 18, the country has a great need for specialized medical personnel. With the help of Sick Kids and the Government of Canada, 223 new pediatric nurses have already been trained, and 1,500 more will be by 2025. SickKids Foundation is ensuring that children in rural and/or disadvantaged communities in Ghana receive appropriate and affordable care, and more importantly, have the chance to grow up healthy. The Helping Babies Breathe program teaches neonatal resuscitation and assisted ventilation in low-resource settings. http://www.international.gc.ca/media/dev/news-communiques/2015/01/13b.aspx?lang=eng
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    Five years ago, a catastrophic earthquake devastated Haiti. #Haiti2010 • 7.0 on the Richter scale • 230,000 deaths • 300,000 people injured • 1.5 million displaced people As we mark the anniversary of this tragic event, we will maintain our commitment to the people of Haiti, who have shown tremendous courage. http://www.international.gc.ca/development-developpement/countries-pays/haiti.aspx?lang=eng
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    #Haiti2010 - We were at Haiti's side when the earthquake struck five years ago, and we are still there today. #NouLaPouAyiti http://www.international.gc.ca/development-developpement/countries-pays/haiti.aspx?lang=eng
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    #Haiti2010 - On the night of January 12, 2010, more than 20,000 Haitians, panicking and numb with fear, converged on the Champ de Mars, the large public square in front of the Palais national, the presidential home in Port-au-Prince. They had left behind their homes, which had been rendered uninhabitable by the earthquake that had killed 230,000 people that day. A consortium was set up to work with l'Unité de Construction de Logements et de Bâtiments Publics (UCLBP) the Government of Haiti’s body in charge of relocating the displaced persons in Champ de Mars and in the other 1,555 camps in the various regions hit by the earthquake. They relocated people into suitable housing close to essential services, such as a hospital or school, and not far from latrines and sources of clean water. In the end, some 5,575 families, or more than 20,000 individuals, now have a roof over their heads thanks to Canada and its partners. The high point of this project will come in January 2015, when the rehabilitation work on the Champ de Mars is finished. Haitians will then reclaim their grand public square, a symbol of hope for the future of the pearl of the Caribbean. http://www.international.gc.ca/development-developpement/stories-histoires/haiti/comfort_safety-confort_securite.aspx?lang=eng
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    #Haiti2010 - Manman ak Timoun an santé (maternal and child health in Haitian Haiti may have one of the highest maternal mortality rates, but we are working to lower it. The Manman ak Timoun an santé project allowed 17 participating hospitals to acquire new medical equipment, enhance the training of some 1,500 medical personnel, and improve the management and monitoring of pregnant women throughout their pregnancy. As well, more than 72,000 women were able to give birth in hospital (equal to 60 percent of all institutional births that occurred in Haiti between 2010 and 2012), and 195,000 medical exams were performed on children under the age of five. - With PAHO-WHO and the Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population (MSPP-Haiti) http://www.international.gc.ca/development-developpement/stories-histoires/haiti/maternal_health-mere_sante.aspx?lang=eng
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    #Haiti2010 - In the wake of the earthquake of January 12, 2010, the Fédération des caisses populaires haïtiennes Le Levier (federation of Haitian credit unions), which had 50 credit unions and 23 outlets throughout Haiti at the time, suffered significant losses. The earthquake destroyed 3 of the 9 credit unions in the affected area of Port-au-Prince and damaged several others. The credit union federation’s employees provided their fellow Haitians with humanitarian assistance, helping them to access funds so they could obtain food, water or fuel. The credit unions also enabled citizens to protect their savings and thus rebuild their lives. Développement international Desjardins (DID), set up a secure international wire transfer system to make it easier for the Haitian diaspora in Canada to send financial assistance to loved ones in Haiti. http://www.international.gc.ca/development-developpement/stories-histoires/haiti/cooperatives-reseau.aspx?lang=eng
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    Smiling in the face of adversity – “We didn’t rebuild the houses for the families, we rebuilt the houses with the families” #Haiti2010 Michel (not his real name) smiles broadly: “My life has changed. I now have a roof over my head, a real house.” He and his loved ones are among the 400 families in the rural Commune of Gressier who lost everything in the January 12, 2010, earthquake. Since that time, Michel and the other families have moved into new houses, built with the help of Canada, Development and Peace, and ITECA Haiti. The new homes are designed to withstand an earthquake or hurricane-force winds. And that is crucial. The project managers credit the engagement of the community with the fact that they were able to overcome these problems. http://www.international.gc.ca/development-developpement/stories-histoires/haiti/smiling_adversity-sourire_adversite.aspx?lang=eng
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    This week, Canada announced that an additional $90 million will be given for humanitarian assistance, such as shelter, clothes, heaters, food, health care and protection services including from sexual and gender-based violence, to conflict affected people in Iraq, Syria and the broader region. Of this amount, $50 million will help people affected by the Syrian crisis both inside Syria and in neighbouring countries, while the remaining $40 million will assist those affected by the ongoing crisis in Iraq. http://www.international.gc.ca/media/dev/news-communiques/2015/01/07a.aspx?lang=eng
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    #Haiti2010 - The name Rivière Froide—literally “cold river”—does not immediately call to mind the Caribbean. Yet, this place does exist. Even better, it recently became home to a training school built in honour of a man from colder climes, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sergeant Mark Gallagher, who died in the January 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti. Sgt Gallagher’s friends launched a fundraising campaign at the time. It was a resounding success, raising more than one million dollars. In partnership with the Petites Sœurs de Sainte-Thérèse (little sisters of Saint Therese) religious community and the Association québécoise pour l’avancement des Nations Unies (AQANU-Haïti, Association québécoise pour l'avancement des Nations unies), all participants agreed to work together to build a technical and vocational school in Rivière Froide. Since last October, the school has been offering programs in laying tile, carpentry, agriculture, masonry and secretarial studies. Already, 112 students, 12 of them women, are benefiting from the new facilities. Nadine (not her real name) is one of them. What she has seen and heard so far inspires her confidence. “We are learning a lot of things, from planning tasks to carrying them out,” said the student. “The teachers are highly skilled.” http://www.international.gc.ca/development-developpement/stories-histoires/haiti/mark-gallagher.aspx?lang=eng
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    We're pleased to let you know that we've received $1.2 million from Canada is Dedicated to International Development - DFATD to help vulnerable people in Iraq. That includes providing essential items such as blankets, jerry cans, kerosene heaters, mattresses and hygiene kits; and small-scale upgrades to water and sanitation facilities in private shelters hosting displaced people. http://bit.ly/1yBBGI9
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    Canada announced that additional humanitarian assistance will be given to respond to the immediate needs to support conflict-affected Syrians and Iraqis. Working with partners, Canada will provide people with shelter, clothes, food, health care and more. This funding will help people affected by the Syrian crisis inside Syria and in the region, including Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. It will also assist those affected by the ongoing crisis in Iraq. Canada remains committed to addressing the most critical needs of the millions of innocent people in the region and will continue to be at the forefront of providing them with lifesaving assistance. http://www.international.gc.ca/media/dev/news-communiques/2015/01/07a.aspx?lang=eng
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    Canada is home to some of the leading experts on maternal, newborn and child health. If your organisation would like to submit a proposal, please submit the proposal by January 15, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5). bit.ly/MNCHproposals
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    In 2014, the world saw an alarming number of babies being born infected with HIV. In Burundi, despite efforts by medical authorities, the coverage rate for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) is stagnated at 30 percent according to official data from the Government of Burundi. Only 15 percent of health facilities provide full PMTCT services (antiretrovirals, medical follow-ups, nutrition and food distribution). A Canadian organization, L’AMIE, is carrying out a three-year project to reduce the number of babies being born infected with HIV in Burundi. http://www.international.gc.ca/development-developpement/e-bulletin/hiv_burundi-vih_burundi.aspx?lang=eng
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    Teachers and parents: Young global citizens can learn about global health issues with our Better Global Health Learning Kit: http://www.international.gc.ca/development-developpement/youth-jeunes/global_citizen-citoyen_monde.aspx?lang=eng
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    Every year, 40 million births are not legally registered. #SavingLives Civil Registration and Vital Statistics are the bedrock of accountability for women’s and children’s health. Canada announced its support for the Global Financing Facility for Every Woman Every Child. Housed at the World Bank, this Facility is a concrete step in providing the financial infrastructure and capital that are required for developing countries to strengthen their health systems and to record and track essential data.
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    We have launched a Partnerships for Strengthening Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PSMNCH) call for proposals, with a total value up to $370 million. This call follows Canada’s strategy Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach announced by the Prime Minister in May 2014. Initiatives may be for a maximum duration of five years and must be completed by March 31, 2020. Canadian organizations may submit only one application for this call, either on their own or as the lead organization of a consortium. The deadline for proposal submissions is January 15, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5). bit.ly/MNCHproposals #SavingLives
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    Happy New Year

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    Thinking outside the Xbox: Canadian gaming technologies plus 3D printing leveraged to help fit African child amputees with artificial legs Ultra-high-speed gaming laptops and a sensor that lets computer gamers battle foes in the virtual world proved early stepping stones on the path to a quick, inexpensive way to create fittings for artificial legs needed by child amputees in the developing world. A $112,000 grant to Christian Blind Mission (cbm Canada) of Stouffville, Ontario, is one of 23 announced today under the Grand Challenges Canada Stars in Global Health program, which supports unique, transformative ideas for addressing health challenges in developing regions. http://bit.ly/13gMQnQ
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    Last Friday, at the very moving and beautiful 10th Aceh Tsunami Commemoration, we remembered the 228,000 people who perished. We also praised the courage and resilience of the people of Aceh, and recognized the numerous and impressive accomplishments of the governments of Indonesia and Aceh in rebuilding the affected regions. Canada felt the sincere gratitude and appreciation of the people of Aceh for its significant contribution of more than $200 millions. Canadian Chargé d'Affaires, Hélène Viau, attended the event in Banda Aceh.

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