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  • Did You Know?

    The Global Vaccine Action Plan

    The Action Plan aims to prevent millions of deaths by 2020 by striving to provide equal access to vaccines for people in all communities.

  • Did You Know?

    The Solutions Exist

    In the poorest areas of the world people are struggling with high levels of illness and disease, many of which are both preventable and treatable.

  • Wise Words from...

    "He who has health, has hope. And he who has hope, has everything."

    Arabian Proverb

  • Wise Words

    Global Health Council

    "When it comes to global health, there is no 'them' ...only 'us'."

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Health

If you haven’t got your health...

Living in Canada, we take for granted our access to good, affordable healthcare. In many countries, millions of people suffer because they cannot access the healthcare they need, or because paying for health services pushes them into poverty.

Access to health care is a major issue, especially in rural communities where the nearest doctor or nurse can be more than a day's walk away. 

  • Explore the Issue

    Shortage of Health Workers

    There are simple solutions for most global health problems, but there is a serious shortage of the right kind of health personnel to teach basic health care and provide health services.

     


    Child Mortality

    Pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria combined are the major killers of children under five. The solutions are known and simple: anti-biotics, breastfeeding, oral rehydration salts and mosquito nets.

     


    HIV / AIDS

    HIV/AIDS is still a major killer of adults and children, especially in Africa. HIV Positive pregnant mothers who do not have access to HIV drugs are likely to transmit the virus to their babies during pregnancy and birth.

     


    Nutrition

    Malnutrition makes all the other health problems worse. If you already malnourished and you get diarrhea or malaria your chances of survival are much less. Distribution of capsules of Vitamin A twice a year to children under five reduces their chance of dying by almost 25%.


    Maternal Death

    Because so many villages are without properly trained midwives or health professionals, many women around the world still die while giving birth.

     

     


    Shortage of Drugs and Supplies

    Many countries cannot afford to buy the drugs to supply their health clinics. Often the systems are not in place to get the supplies to remote clinics.

  • Questions about Health

    1. What is the number-one global health concern today?
    2. Why is it so difficult to get aid to the regions that need it most?
    3. What is the most deficient health resource around the world?
    4. How do Canadian health services compare to those around the world?
    5. What can we do to help?
  • Resources for Grades 7-12

    Resources

    Eco Stoves

    Information on the environmental and local-health benefits of eco stoves. Source: Change for Children


    An Introduction to Malaria

    Lesson plans and case studies addressing the impacts of malaria as a global health concern. 


    Global Child Health Curriculum

    This resource package explores the topic of global child health and survival. Source: Canadian Paediatric Society


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  • How to Take Action

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