This paper was prepared by the Centre for Global Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, with contributions from Garry Aslanyan, Erica Di Ruggiero, Ilona Kickbusch, Divya Kuruvila, Ophelia Michaelides, and Nicole Robertson.
This discussion paper was developed to inform a coherent global health strategy for Canada. It was based on a review of academic and grey literature, and interviews with 11 Canadian global health leaders from different institutions and geographic locations in 2021. There was an overall agreement that Canada was not living up to its potential in global health, that a clear vision for global health was required and that a deliberate process towards a global health strategy could help move Canada’s global health agenda forward. Based on Canada’s strengths and its position as a middle power, the following have been suggested as priorities for a Canadian global health strategy: a commitment to a resilient and sustainable post-COVID-19 recovery and systems reconfiguration; gender justice and equity in global health; leveraging the power of research to accelerate global health equity; a holistic approach to health; and commitment to decolonizing global health research, policy and practice. Now is the right time for Canada to develop, adopt and resource a global health strategy to emerge as a strong voice to advance global health equity
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