Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health launched in Ottawa


The Canadian Network For Maternal, Newborn And Child Health

The Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) was established as a result of the November 2010 Ministerial Roundtable on the Muskoka Initiative, hosted by the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation.

Co-chaired by Dr. Dorothy Shaw, of the BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre, and Rosemary McCarney, President and CEO of Plan Canada, the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health aims to:

  • Provide a coordinating role for Canada's MNCH programme activities that will support data collection, shared metrics and other tools that align with country-level work through monitoring and reporting on health indicators recommended by the UN Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health. The tools will allow Canadian Network stakeholders, such as those groups undertaking projects under the Muskoka Initiative Partnership Program, to compare and assess progress made to save the lives of mothers and children;
  • Identify existing and new opportunities across the MNCH continuum that will better integrate health prevention, promotion and healthcare in developing countries;
  • Provide MNCH strategic and policy advice to CIDA and the Government of Canada; and
  • Disseminate new evidence and knowledge regarding innovations that can enhance progress in MNCH.

To support its objectives, the Network created a website ( ) - funded by CIDA - which will improve information sharing among Canadian stakeholders and inform international partners of maternal, newborn and child health work underway in Canada and in developing countries.