A platform to discuss partnership paradigms in Global Health
The Canadian Association for Global Health (CAGH) brings together a vibrant global health community working to create a healthier and more equitable world. As an outcome of a merger between the Canadian Society for International Health and the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research, the CAGH builds upon more than 60 years of combined leadership and action.
The CAGH is a member-based, not-for-profit organization represented by researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and students with partnerships across Canada and globally. Its commitment to health equity and the social determinants of health is rooted in collaborative research, learning, advocacy, policy and practice. With the CAGH’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, it looks to mobilize the global health community across sectors, disciplines, and borders.
Driven by knowledge exchange, the delivery of international projects is highlighted in a flagship annual Canadian Conference on Global Health. The 27th annual conference held in November 2021 was titled Rethinking Partnership Paradigms in Global Health. The conference called for a shift in partnership paradigms in global health in order to achieve the complex and integrated social, health, and environmental goals set out in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
As we advance towards 2030, there is a sense of urgency to evaluate current global health partnerships locally and globally and their capacity to achieve the SDGs. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided a lens to review the current state of partnerships and investigate possibilities for cooperation at all levels.
“The complexity of the SDGs requires a paradigm shift in the way we work together” says Andrea Baumann, Associate V-P, Global Health at McMaster University. “Establishing integrated, multisectoral partnerships is essential to build more resilient systems and address pressing global health challenges.”
The conference provided a platform to discuss partnership models at local, national, and international levels. Speakers highlighted ways in which partnership and collaboration can contribute to equitable outcomes, demonstrate tangible improvements to health, and facilitate the spread of social, health, and environmental improvements.
The CAGH General Meeting held within the conference commemorated the organizations transition by discussing core business that is being defined through Strategic Directions. With a focus on supporting and enabling the members and practitioners of the CAGH, the Strategic Directions will lead and implement the continuum of research, policy, practice, learning, and advocacy in global health.