Appendix 3: Evaluation of the International Health Grants Program (2008–09 to 2012–13) – Canada — Pan American Health Organization biennial workplan budget funds (2012–2013)
Under the Regional Program Budget Policy, Member States receive a country allocation, based on a health needs-based index. Canada’s allocation through the Biennial Workplan Budget funds for 2012-2013 is $400,600 (USD). The funds are jointly managed between Health Canada and PAHO to support Canadian technical assistance in the Americas Region.
Canada — PAHO Biennial Workplan Budget facilitates policy, regulatory and technical, cooperation in the region, while contributing to improving the health status of citizens in member states, including Canada. Proposed areas of strategic joint cooperation are based upon PAHO’s priorities within the Regional Strategic Plan and selected strategic objectives, together with Canada’s International Health Strategy priorities and the Framework for Cooperation between Canada and PAHO, signed in May 2010. The proposed technical cooperation strategy seeks to share Canadian principles, approaches and expertise to improve health conditions and reduce inequities throughout the Americas. It also seeks to reinforce, strengthen and inform Canadian approaches to issues of common concern. The total budget for 2012-2013 is $400,600.
Some of the main themes for cooperation for 2012-2013 include:
- continue to support the Strategy and Plan of Action on Mental Health (2009) by regional capacity building and system strengthening in mental health and substance use reduction policies, training, and plans of action focussed on selected countries and with special emphasis on indigenous and vulnerable peoples
- support the Regional Plan of Action for the Acceleration of Maternal Mortality and Morbidity (2011) and the Plan of Action for Implementing the Gender Equality Policy (2009) by strengthening the health sector capacity to detect, treat and prevent intrafamily violence as a gender-based cross cutting theme within the broader cooperation of strengthening primary health care and mental health, substance use reduction services in selected countries
- contribute to strengthening national regulatory authorities in selected countries of the hemisphere in pharmaceutical products and medical devices
- contribute to strengthening national regulatory authorities in selected countries of the hemisphere in food safety measures
- coordination and collaboration among Government of Canada, Collaborating Centres and PAHO and effective leadership and direction exercised through improved governance and accountability to advance Canada’s health agenda.
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