Grants and Contributions:

Strengthening Health Systems and Improving Nutrition in Nepal and Vietnam
Agreement Number:
5007062290 D002021001 P001045001
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Agreement Date:
Mar 15, 2016 - Feb 28, 2021
This project works in collaboration with local governments in Nepal and Vietnam to make necessary health services and interventions accessible to children less than two years of age and their mothers. Research has identified that the first 1,000 days of a child’s life are critical for intellectual and physical development and lifelong health. Nepal and Vietnam have both made significant strides in reducing infant and maternal mortality and improving access to essential health care. However, inequality in terms of mortality and access to services between different regions and ethnic groups remains a challenge in both of these countries. This project addresses this inequality by working to improve the health care systems of remote regions (Banke district in Nepal) and ethnic minorities in the two countries (the Thai, H’Mong, Xinh Mun, Kho Mu and Khang of Vietnam). Project activities include: (1) improving health management capacity; (2) improving delivery of and access to quality health care and nutrition services; (3) promoting care-seeking; (4) improving nutrition; (5) engaging men and family members to reduce gender-related barriers; (6) providing capacity building to health management teams and health workers directly; (7) engaging and offering education to men and key family members on the importance of maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) and how they can support the health of women and children; and (8) increasing the awareness of Canadians in MNCH issues through public engagement initiatives. The project reach is a total of 38,418 direct beneficiaries in Nepal (18,056 women, 16,671 men and 3,691 children) and 20,611 in Vietnam (10,001 women, 9,172 men and 1,438 children). An additional 9,200 Canadians are reached through a public engagement component. This project is implemented in collaboration with the following HealthBridge Foundation of Canada local partners: The International Nepal Fellowship (INF) in Nepal who is implementing the project in the Banke district, located in the Mid-Western region and the Centre for Creative Initiatives for Health and Population (CCIHP) in Lai Chau province in the remote, mountainous North-West region of Vietnam. Both the Banke district and Lai Chau province are among the poorest areas in the two countries with high mortality rates and the least access to essential health services.
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Expected Results:

The expected outcomes for this project are: (1) improved utilization of essential health services by mothers, pregnant women, newborns and children under two years of age in targeted sites in Nepal and Vietnam; (2) increased consumption of nutritious foods and supplements by mothers, pregnant women, newborns and children under two years of age in targeted sites of Nepal and Vietnam; and (3) increased active involvement of the Canadian public, researchers and practitioners in maternal, newborn and child health initiatives.

Ottawa, Ontario, CA K1N 7B7
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Grants and Contributions
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Not-for-profit organization or charity
Additional Information:

The end date is postponed to February 28, 2021

Amendment Date
Aug 6, 2020
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HealthBridge Foundation of Canada
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International Development Assistance Program
Program Purpose:

The main purpose on the International Development Assistance Program is to reduce poverty for those living in countries where Global Affairs Canada engages in international development.