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The Right to Health

Older women in sub-Saharan Africa are often dealing with a variety of health challenges. Due to poverty, many do not have the basic resources required for health, such as nutritious food, clean water and adequate housing. Many suffer from HIV/AIDS, TB, or malaria, as well as untreated chronic problems and diseases such as high blood pressure and arthritis. Often older women do not have access to required medicines and affordable, age-friendly health and social services. This is why GRAN campaigns for access to more generic drugs, fair pricing by pharmaceutical companies, and increased investment by Canada and the world to improve access, affordability and age-friendly health care.


GRAN Campaigns related to the Right to Health:

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria is one of the most effective and efficient funding mechanisms for combating these three deadly, yet preventable diseases. Since the Global Fund’s inception in 2002, Canada has played a strong leadership role to support its work, and has been a key investor in the fund. During this time, the Global Fund has made incredible progress, saving some 27 million lives world-wide and helping build stronger, more resilient community-based health systems.

Mining Justice

GRAN's Mining Justice campaign is undertaken in support of women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa experiencing human rights abuses in mining communities.   

Widespread well-documented human rights abuses have been associated with the activities of many Canadian mining companies abroad. These companies must be held accountable for their actions in the communities in which they operate.

Not surprisingly, women are disproportionately affected by human rights abuses in mining communities, including:

Child, Early and Forced Marriage

Child, Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM) is a human rights violation which has devastating consequences for women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa and around the world.  It perpetuates the gender inequality that grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere experience throughout their lives.  It increases the spread of HIV/AIDS and creates barriers to education, economic security, healthcare and safety – challenges identified by African grandmothers for themselves and their grandchildren.

Principles for a Just Recovery

May 26, 2020

Launched this week, the 6 Principles for a Just Recovery are the result of discussions among civil society groups across Canada, and have been endorsed by over 200 organizations. GRAN... Read more

Canada Pushing for Debt Relief for Africa

May 20, 2020

It is encouraging to see this report about Canada's leadership on debt relief and to learn of the government's plans to respond to the UN global appeal for contributions to help fight the... Read more

Protecting Girls during COVID-19

May 13, 2020

The impact of COVID 19 on adolescent girls in Africa is likely to have devastating long term effects.  The pandemic will exacerbate the inequalities already faced by young girls.  Read the... Read more