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Health Project:

Strengthening Health Outcomes
for Women and Children (SHOW)

Through our Strengthening Health Outcomes for Women and Children (SHOW) project we are changing the unequal power relations that keep women and girls from exercising their right to health. This gender transformative* health project is supported by the Government of Canada.

What are the top issues SHOW is addressing for women’s health?

The SHOW project seeks to improve the health of women, adolescent girls and children, through a bold approach that addresses the gender norms that are often at the heart of poor health for women and girls. In hundreds of communities in five countries, this approach empowers women and girls, and encourages men to support and respect the sexual and reproductive health and rights of their partners.

Every day, over 800 women and girls die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. The SHOW project is helping to reduce deaths and remove barriers to health for vulnerable women and children, including adolescent girls, in remote, underserved areas of Bangladesh, Ghana, Haiti, Nigeria and Senegal.

Our work is improving access to sexual and reproductive health care, services and education by tackling the root causes of gender inequality so that women and girls can make informed decisions about their bodies and the health of their children.

Why are adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights important?

Globally, complications related to pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death for girls aged 15–19. And most of the maternal deaths (94%) occur in low and lower middle-income countries, like the ones in which the SHOW project is active.

The SHOW project is not just helping women and girls survive but it’s empowering them to make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. Youth like Oumou are eager to lead change in their communities and when they are equipped with the knowledge needed to make it happen, they are unstoppable.

We are also engaging youth in Canada through our #ChangetheBirthStory campaign. The campaign helps shed a light on several key topics such as adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights, maternal and newborn health as well as gender equality.

Who does the SHOW project reach?

In the 5 project countries, we work with the entire community and engage community leaders, governments, women, men, adolescents and train health care workers. We also facilitate adolescent peer groups that provide training and a safe space to discuss topics like gender inequality, gender-based violence and child, early and forced marriage and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Click on a circle below to learn more about how we work with a specific group of people.

How did the SHOW project adapt in light of COVID-19?

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this project adapted to focus on raising awareness and the implementation of gender-responsive, community-based protective measures against COVID-19.

During the pandemic, we are reaching over 700,000 community members through the following activities:

  • Raising awareness about COVID-19 and sourcing/distributing Personal Protective Equipment.
  • Helping the continuity of safe, gender-responsive and adolescent friendly Maternal, Newborn and Child Health/Sexual and Reproductive Health care, information and services.
  • Training and building capacity of over 6,000 health care workers.
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We work around the world to help children and communities’ access vital health care, information and services. Our projects focus on reaching women and girls because of additional barriers they face to exercising their right to health. 

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Reports and publications on health

We publish critical research and studies to reflect our global work in the field of health. Topics range from engaging fathers through trainings to empowering youth to prevent teenage pregnancy in their community.

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