Bringing Canada's perspective to global health challenges like maternal
and child health
OTTAWA, May 16, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of
Health, will be in Geneva next week to participate in the 67th World Health Assembly (WHA). The WHA is an opportunity for World Health
Organization Member States to discuss proposals to address global
health challenges, review progress and share information.
Minister Ambrose will deliver a statement to the plenary on Monday, May
19, in which she will highlight Canada's developmental priorities,
particularly maternal and child health.
Canada will also co-sponsor a number of resolutions at the WHA,
including a proposal for a global plan of action that aims to
strengthen the role of the health sector in addressing violence,
particularly against women and children. Another resolution that Canada
is co-sponsoring calls for a global action plan on antimicrobial
resistance (AMR) — a growing public health concern because it puts
individuals at risk of treatment failure and can lead to the spread of
While in Geneva, Minister Ambrose will also take the opportunity to meet
with her international counterparts to discuss health issues and
opportunities for working together in the future. Meetings will
Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General, WHO, to discuss Canada's interest
in violence prevention and priorities related to global health,
Minister Ambrose will be a panelist at an event on Dementia, hosted by
the United Kingdom;
Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, and
Mercedes Juan, Secretary of Health, Mexico, to discuss mutual health
interests such as addressing family violence, non-communicable
diseases, mental health, healthy living, and global health security;
Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, United Kingdom, to discuss AMR
and violence prevention; and
Secretary Hunt, UK Secretary of State for Health, to discuss continued
collaboration on dementia.
The Minister will promote Saving Every Woman Every Child: Within Arm's
Reach, an international Summit in Toronto, May 28-30, 2014, that will shape
the future of child and maternal health collaborations in Canada and
around the world.
The 67th session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) takes place in Geneva,
The World Health Assembly is the main governing body of the World Health
Organization (WHO), representing over 194 countries. Canada has been a
member of the WHO since its inception in 1948.
Canada is a world leader in promoting women and children's health in
developing countries and in reducing the unacceptable mortality rates
that these vulnerable populations face.
The Harper Government is focusing its efforts on a national research and
prevention plan for dementia which is key to improving the standards of
care and reducing the burden on families.
"I look forward to working with my colleagues from the World Health
Organization and its Member States at the World Health Assembly to
explore how we can adapt and respond to global health challenges.
These health challenges are shared by many countries and can be best
tackled through collaborative, global and multisectoral approaches. I
am particularly looking forward to advancing our work on improving
maternal, newborn and child health."
The Honourable Rona Ambrose
Minister of Health
The World Health Organization 67th World Health Assembly
Saving Every Woman Every Child: Within Arm's Reach Summit
SOURCE: Public Health Agency of Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Health
Public Health Agency of Canada