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Staggering backsliding across women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health revealed in new UN analysis

"Far from a progress report, this document describes a reversal. Women’s and children’s health and rights are threatened to a degree not seen in more than a generation."  António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations

Protect the Promise, a new UN report, shows that women’s and children’s health has suffered globally, as the impacts of conflict, the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change converge with devastating effects on prospects for children, young people and women.

Click here for more details and a link to the full report.

World Health Summit: Taking Global Health to a New Level

What does it mean to take global health to the next level?

A new global agreement based on a shared vision.

A new global architecture that is coherent and inclusive.

A new global approach that prioritises promoting health and preventing disease, rather than only treating the sick.

Because health is not a cost, it’s an investment. It’s not simply an outcome of development, but the means. It’s not a luxury, but a fundamental human right.

Click here to read the full text of WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus' keynote speech at the Opening Ceremony of the World Health Summit - 16 October 2022.


PM Trudeau Announces Pledge of $1.21 Billion to Global Fund

The Grandmothers Advocacy Network applauds and thanks the Government of Canada for its pledge of $1.21 billion to the Global Fund to Fight HIV, TB and Malaria. To read GRAN's full response to the welcome news of Canada's ambitious pledge, click here.


A Call to Address Racism and Colonialism in Global Health

Watch this 6-minute video as global health expert Dr. Madhu Pai takes the podium at the International AIDS Conference in Montreal and delivers a searing indictment of the racism underpinning global health inequities.


Canada Denounced for Visa Denials at AIDS 2022

"Right now, if you are hosting a global health conference in US, UK, Canada, EU or Australia, you have decided that it’s acceptable to exclude people from the Global South. How global is your global health?"  -- Dr. Madhu Pai

Dozens of protesters took over the stage at the opening ceremony of the 24th International AIDS Conference in Montreal to condemn Canada’s denial of visas to “high numbers” of delegates from the Global South.

Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman, President of the International AIDS Society and International Co-Chair of AIDS 2022, says her organization will re-evaluate how it organizes international conferences as a result of visa denials by the Canadian government.  "Underlying the difficulty experienced by many attendees of AIDS 2022 to enter Canada lies a broader problem of global inequities and systemic racism that significantly impacts global health."

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Impending Famine in East Africa

The intensifying risk of famine in a number of African countries has been dangerously neglected as the world focuses on other crises.

Over 14 million people across Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya are already on the verge of starvation—about half of them children. This number will rise to 20 million by September if the rains continue to fail, prices continue to rise, and world leaders don’t boost aid funding to meet the needs of people in crisis.

To learn more, click here for country-specific information and a call to action from the International Rescue Committee (IRC). 

Citizen of the Year

We were delighted to learn that GRAN member Sharon Graham has been awarded Citizen of the Year by her community, Brighton, ON.  The award was presented by Brighton mayor, Brian Ostrander, during Brighton’s Canada Day celebrations. This award honours Sharon for her many contributions within her community and beyond.  We are grateful that so many of her volunteer hours go to her work in GRAN.  Congratulations, Sharon! 


Canada Responds to the Hunger Crisis in SSA with Matching Fund Program

Insecurity and climate change, compounded by disruptions in supply chains for food, fertilizer and fuel caused by the war in Ukraine, are driving a humanitarian crisis that is leaving millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa in acute hunger. 

Canada recently announced a time-limited matching fund to enable humanitarian partners to provide lifesaving services. From June 15 to July 17, 2022 the Government of Canada will match, dollar for dollar, donations for hunger crisis relief in sub-Saharan Africa made by individual Canadians to member organizations of the Humanitarian Coalition, up to a maximum of $5 million.

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Vaccine Equity: The Problem. The Solution.

The World Health Organization continues to shine an unflinching light on global vaccine inequity. The vast majority of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in high- and upper-middle-income countries. If these doses had instead been distributed equitably, they would have been sufficient to cover all health workers and older people around the world. The failure to share vaccines equitably is taking a toll on some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. There are enough doses of vaccines globally to drive down transmission and save many lives, if they go to the people who need them most. Click here to read more.

World Refugee Day June 20th

The Education Watch Group invites GRANs to celebrate World Refugee Day on June 20 by having a look at this beautiful online Annual Report, “Learning From Disrupted learners”, put together by the Canadian Refugee Education Council, established in 2020.  Written by 15 young refugees, this poignant anthology of stories, poems and essays will leave you inspired by their resiliency and youthful wisdom.  Although a bit lengthy, it is easy to choose one or two of the stories to read.