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IDW 2017: 10 Ways CCISD is Contributing to Global Goals

This year, International Development Week (IDW) is celebrated from February 5 to 11. Organized under the theme ‘’Leave no one behind: Canada contributes to global goals!’’, it aims to highlight Canadian contributions to poverty reduction in the developing world.

In honour of the 27th annual IDW, here are ten ways CCISD is contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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1. BY IMPROVING ACCESS TO QUALITY PRIMARY HEALTH CARE
In line with national realities and priorities of its partner countries, CCISD supports the development and reinforcement of health facilities and works with local resources to contribute to ensuring that essential drugs are available, health care workers are trained and adequately supervised, prevention is enhanced and health promoted.

Main SDG supported: 3
Exemplary project: PASSKIN (2012-2017), implemented in consortium with CHUM-USI

 

2. BY SUPPORTING MATERNAL, NEONATAL AND CHILD HEALTH PROGRAMMES
CCISD provides support to three components of the health system (public health institutions, health facilities and the communities) in order to promote efficient implementation of health programmes targeting women, children and adolescents. CCISD therefore contributes to reducing maternal and child deaths, while improving access to family planning services.

Main SDG supported: 3
Exemplary projects: PRISMA (2011-2016, 2017-2021)

 

3. BY IMPROVING ACCESS TO WATER, HYGIENE AND SANITATION IN HEALTH CARE SETTINGS AND IN THE COMMUNITY
To increase the number of health facilities providing services in a clean and safe environment, CCISD contributes to improving the health care environment and biomedical waste management systems by providing infrastructures and equipment (water sources, latrines, solar power, incinerators, etc.) and training health facility staff. In the community, CCISD’s teams support the organization of awareness-raising activities promoting adequate hygiene and sanitation behaviours.

Main SDGs supported: 3 and 6
Exemplary project: BECEYA (2015-2020)

 

4. BY CONTRIBUTING TO IMPROVING NUTRITIONAL HEALTH
Following a multidisciplinary approach, CCISD and its partners involved in food security interventions are working together to strengthen the capacities of health facilities with regards to nutritional health. Their actions lead to improved prevention, screening and treatment of malnutrition, with a focus on the specific needs of adolescents and pregnant or nursing women.

Main SDG supported: 2
Exemplary project: AKOSAA (2013-2018), implemented in collaboration with Laval University and a number of Canadian and Haitian partners, including SOCODEVI

 

5. BY ASSISTING ITS PARTNER COUNTRIES IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF STRONGER EPIDEMIOLOGICAL SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS
CCISD is contributing to improving global health security by supporting the development of epidemiological surveillance systems that are integrated to national public health systems. By training health workers involved in epidemiological surveillance, supporting the decentralisation of national surveillance systems and supporting the implementation of Centres for Epidemiological Surveillance (CES’s), it promotes the early detection of emerging or re-emerging infections linked to outbreaks, and the development of a targeted, timely, appropriate and effective response.

Main SDG supported: 3
Exemplary project: WARDS (2014-2017)

 

6. BY CONTRIBUTING TO THE RESPONSE TO AIDS 
CCISD’s team works closely with key national stakeholders, health workers and at-risk groups in order to introduce integrated responses that focus on strengthening health workers’ capacity in relation to the management of HIV/AIDS and STIs cases, involving higher-risk populations in promoting lower risk behaviours and prevention, as well as including gender issues in the response to AIDS and raising awareness regarding stigma against people living with HIV.

Main SDG supported: 3
Exemplary project: Niamey, Maradi and Dosso Projects (2016-2017)

 

7. BY SUPPORTING CAPACITY BUILDING FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS
Transfer of knowledge is an integral component of every CCISD project. Each CCISD project team works with a number of local and international experts in order to provide training tailored to local practices, skill levels and cultural specificities. This is how CCISD helps make available sufficient numbers of skilled human resources at every level of the health system and promotes their recruitment and retention.

Main SDG supported: 3
Exemplary project: DÉCLIC (2010-2018), implemented in consortium with the Cégep de Saint-Jérôme and the University of Sherbrooke

 

8. BY INTEGRATING, TO ALL ITS PROJECTS, A GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT APPROACH THAT PROMOTES EQUITY AND EQUALITY BETWEEN WOMEN AND MEN
Recognizing that gender equity and equality is the foundation for a better life for women, men and children, CCISD’s team integrates a gender and development approach to all its projects. This approach can have positive effects, such as empowering women, promoting a more equitable sharing of responsibilities in the household and family life, reducing violence against women and improving access to family planning services.

Main SDG supported: 5
Exemplary project: PRISMA (2011-2016, 2017-2021)

 

9. BY ENCOURAGING AND ENABLING COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION
By integrating a community participation strategy to its projects, CCISD provides support to local communities as they strive to change the conditions that affect their own health. This approach promotes empowerment and appropriation, while assisting communities in the creation of an enabling environment for participatory and representative decision-making in the health system.

Main SDG supported: 16
Exemplary project: PASSKIN (2012-2017), implemented in consortium with CHUM-USI

 

10. BY ASSISTING LOCAL PARTNERS IN THEIR EFFORTS TO PROMOTE AND SUPPORT GOOD GOVERNANCE PRINCIPLES
CCISD provides support to health authorities (national and decentralized levels) in improving their performance and strengthening their capacity to plan and manage health programmes and actions. Therefore, CCISD’s efforts contribute to creating efficient, responsible and transparent institutions.

Main SDG supported: 16
Exemplary project: BECEYA (2015-2020)