Canada’s commitment to a comprehensive approach to health and efforts to address cross-cutting themes and generate innovation have framed a unique multisectoral and interdepartmental strategy that is finely aligned with PAHO’s work. Collaboration between PAHO and GAC is key to achieving gender equality towards the accomplishment of Sustainable Development Goal 5, which is also integral to all dimensions of inclusive and sustainable development.
The actions implemented in this project illustrate that it is possible to effectively include and mainstream cultural diversity, equity and the social determinants in the program and translate a theoretical agenda into real actions that promote empowerment and impact the health of women and adolescents.
The project’s many successful investments include the development and application of a methodology for intercultural dialogues and engagement to generate culturally appropriate solutions to health challenges affecting women and adolescent, and training and capacity building activities to address and operationalize the feminist agenda (such as training and advocacy methodology to increase access to long-acting contraceptives for adolescents). In the city of El Alto, Bolivia, IHSLAC has implemented a model to train hospital staff in highly impacted areas and provided emergency equipment to prevent maternal death, which has already saved the lives of more than 100 women between 2016 and 2018.