Let’s leverage the full potential of microfinance to tackle global poverty!

Excluded from access to very basic financial services, the very poor are continually denied their chance to access a dignified route out of poverty. Microcredit is the provision of small loans (roughly $50-$100) targeted at the very poor.

Canada’s gift to the world’s children should be to reverse the cuts to international development

As the holiday season approaches and Canadians prepare for holiday parties and gift giving, over one billion people live on less than $1.25 a day.

Reverse the Cuts-Closing the Gap in the Fight against TB

We are at a crossroads in the global fight against tuberculosis (TB). Newly released figures from the World Health Organization indicate the incidence of new TB cases and deaths due to TB have declined over the last several years because of significant global investments in tuberculosis control.

Tell Ottawa to Reverse the Cuts to international development!

Last March, the federal Government announced that it will slash the budget of the Canadian International Development Agency by $319 million (more than 8 percent) over three years. These cuts will lead to major set-backs in the fight against global poverty.

A Disease of the Past? Think Again: We are at Risk of a Polio Resurgence

The creation of the polio vaccine has successfully eradicated polio in the developed world and has nearly wiped it out globally, leaving many to falsely believe that polio is a disease of the past.

On the Brink: Eradicating Polio in our Lifetime

Polio is a debilitating and potentially fatal disease. When the virus strikes it invades the nervous system and can cause irreversible, sometimes fatal, paralysis in a matter of hours. Polio mainly affects children under five. Thanks to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) the total number of polio cases has dropped from 350,000 in 1988 to 650 …
JULY 2012

More Money for Health, More Health for the Money: Reversing Canada’s Cuts to TB

The world is at a critical juncture in the fight against tuberculosis (TB). Every year 8.8 million people around the world become newly infected with TB and the disease is responsible for 1.4 million deaths annually, including nearly a quarter of all AIDS deaths.
JUNE 2012

Delivering Results and Making an Impact: Ushering in a New Era at the World Bank

This April, the World Bank named Dr. Jim Yong Kim as its next president.[1. http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/NEWS/0,,contentMDK:23170638~pagePK:34370~piPK:34424~theSitePK:4607,00.html] Dr. Kim, a global health specialist, will officially begin his tenure at the World Bank on July 1st. As the new president of the World Bank and the first development professional ever to head the institution, Dr. Kim represents the potential of truly returning to …
MAY 2012

A Promise to Keep: Call on Minister Oda to recommit Canada’s investments to Child Health

Canada has shown tremendous leadership in the area of maternal and child health. In 2010, Prime Minister Stephen Harper paved the way for an incredible $7.3 billion total investment to the Muskoka Initiative by G8 countries and has made good on Canada’s $1.1 billion promise.
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