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The inability to access quality healthcare and exercise their rights, puts the lives of millions of children, adolescents and women at risk every day. Plan International works with communities, local partners, young people and governments in remote, disadvantaged communities to address institutional/systemic, socio-economic, cultural and gender related barriers to accessing quality health services.

On this page you will find critical research and studies Plan International Canada has done in the field of health that covers topics from engaging fathers through trainings to empowering youth to prevent teenage pregnancy in their community.

Program Evidence for a Gender-Transformative Approach

Program Evidence for a Gender-Transformative Approach

SRHR: Program Evidence for a Gender-Transformative Approach

With the support of Global Affairs Canada since 2011, Plan International Canada has improved key health outcomes for women and girls around the world.

This report focuses on data from a project called Strengthening Health Outcomes for Women and Children (SHOW) and how it is moving the needle on gender equality while making lifesaving sexual and reproductive health services and information more accessible to women and girls.

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Responding to the needs of adolescents

Responding to the needs of adolescents

Responding to the needs of adolescents

Adolescence is not only the beginning of an individual’s sexual and reproductive life, but it is also a time when gendered roles and expectations related to adulthood intensify. Complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death for girls aged 15-19.

This report highlights how we are working to improve access of health services for adolescents, especially girls and making them more user-friendly in order to protect and improve their health and well-being.

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The Power of Public Engagement #ChangetheBirthStory

The Power of Public Engagement #ChangetheBirthStory

The Power of Public Engagement #ChangetheBirthStory

Report description: Through our #ChangetheBirthStory public engagement campaign, people all around Canada were engaged and inspired to raise awareness about the importance of improving access to sexual and reproductive health services for women and girls around the world.

In this report you can learn more about how our #ChangetheBirthStory campaign, the impact of our engagement and what we learned through rallying people all around Canada to support and take pride in work that improved access to lifesaving health services while moving the needle on gender equality.

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SHOW Midterm Evaluation Report

The Power of Public Engagement #ChangetheBirthStory

SHOW Midterm Evaluation Report

Report description: With the support of Global Affairs Canada since 2011, Plan International Canada has improved key health outcomes for women and girls around the world.

This report highlights midterm data results from a project called Strengthening Health Outcomes for Women and Children (SHOW) and how it is successfully moving the needle on gender equality while making lifesaving sexual and reproductive health services and information more accessible to women and girls.

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Community Health Committees

Community Health Committees

Community Health Committees

Community Health Committees (CHCs) are made up of a collective of community members and health providers. Plan International Canada’s focus has been to strengthen these committees, including their make-up and leadership credentials, for a more gender responsive and adolescent friendly structure and process.

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Role of Facilitation in Gender-Transformative Programs that engage men and boys

Role of Facilitation in Gender-Transformative Programs that engage men and boys

Role of Facilitation in Gender-Transformative Programs that engage men and boys

Skilled facilitators are essential to the success of gender-transformative programs. High-quality facilitation helps reach program objectives and initiate transformative change.

Findings in this report are drawn from several years of experience that Promundo and Plan International have in implementing gender-transformative programming.

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Engaging Missing Populations in Gender-Transformative Programs

Engaging Missing Populations in Gender-Transformative Programs

Engaging Missing Populations in Gender-Transformative Programs

In implementing gender-transformative programs, interventions often focus on direct family members or immediate duty bearers – but this results in some populations going under-served or missing from programming.

Findings in this report are drawn from several years of experience that Promundo and Plan International have in implementing gender-transformative programming.

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Recruitment and Retention of Male Participants in Gender-Transformative Programs

Recruitment and Retention of Male Participants in Gender-Transformative Programs

Recruitment and Retention of Male Participants in Gender-Transformative Programs

This report shares findings on how to effectively recruit and retain male participants in gender-transformative programs and the importance of male engagement as a tactic to improve health outcomes for women and girls.

Results in this report are drawn from several years of experience that Promundo and Plan International have in implementing gender-transformative programming.

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Ensuring Pregnant Women & Adolescent Girls Reach Higher Levels of Care

Ensuring Pregnant Women & Adolescent Girls Reach Higher Levels of Care

Ensuring Pregnant Women & Adolescent Girls Reach Higher Levels of Care

Maternal, newborn and child, mortality is one of the greatest public health disparities of our time. A Plan International Canada project called Strengthening Health Outcomes for Women and Girls (SHOW) spans 5 countries; Ghana, Bangladesh, Senegal, Haiti and Nigeria.

This report highlights how the project is making notable strides in the implementation of gender responsive and adolescent friendly referral services at primary and secondary health care facilities.

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State of the World’s Fathers: Unlocking the power of men’s care

State of the World’s Fathers: Unlocking the power of men’s care

State of the World’s Fathers: Unlocking the power of men’s care

This report is produced by Promundo, and is a globally recognized, biennial report and advocacy platform aiming to change power structures, policies, and social norms around care work and to advance gender equality.

The third State of the World’s Fathers report reveals new research on men’s caregiving from 11 countries, with additional cross-country analysis of data from over 30 countries. Plan International Canada was a proud contributor to this report with data from one of our health projects that spans 5 countries.

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Fathers Clubs' Studies

Father’s Club Manual

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Father’s Club Manual

This manual on Engaging Men in Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) and Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) was developed for the Strengthening Health Outcomes for Women and Children (SHOW) Program by Promundo, with technical guidance from Plan International Canada and support from Global Affairs Canada.

SHOW considers engaging men to be one of the core gender-transformative strategies to positively impact MNCH/SRH outcomes, as well as increase the agency of women and girls overall.

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Bangladesh: Fathers Clubs Study Finding

Bangladesh: Fathers Clubs Study Finding

Bangladesh: Fathers Clubs Study Finding

Plan International Canada established 320 Fathers Clubs and engaged 4,160 fathers in Bangladesh to help participants broaden their understanding on gender equality, enable them to question what it means to be a man and a father and to promote their equitable involvement at the household level.

The study findings revealed positive change among Fathers Clubs participants!

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Ghana: Fathers Clubs Study Finding

Ghana: Fathers Clubs Study Finding

Ghana: Fathers Clubs Study Finding

In Ghana, Plan International Canada established 478 Fathers Clubs and engaged 6,465 fathers to help them broaden their understanding on gender equality, enable them to question what it means to be a man and a father and to promote their equitable involvement at the household level.

The study findings revealed positive change among Fathers Clubs participants!

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Effect of Father’s Clubs on Men’s Care Work at Home

Effect of Father’s Clubs on Men’s Care Work at Home

Effect of Father’s Clubs on Men’s Care Work at Home

In 2019, Plan International Canada carried out qualitative research extrapolating men’s, partner’s and adolescent children’s, as well as community member’s experiences with Father’s Clubs. The key findings in this report provide a summary of the critical reflections challenging gender norms and also provides an additional evidence-base around men’s equitable care giving.

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Haiti: Fathers Clubs Study Finding

Haiti: Fathers Clubs Study Finding

Haiti: Fathers Clubs Study Finding

In Haiti, Plan International Canada established 29 Fathers Clubs and engaged about 300 fathers to help them broaden their understanding on gender equality, enable them to question what it means to be a man and a father and to promote their equitable involvement at the household level.

The study findings revealed positive change among Fathers Clubs participants!

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Learn about a gender transformative health project

Explore a six-part multimedia series that depicts the breadth of an innovative and gender-transformative health project called, Strengthening Health Outcomes for Women and Children (SHOW).