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Backgrounder - Canada announces women and youth empowerment projects in Haiti

Canada has announced $91.2 million in development assistance funding for five projects to improve health, child protection, job opportunities and the justice sector in Haiti, especially for women, children and youth.

Pan American Health Organization - $40 million over four years

Canada’s funding to the Pan American Health Organization will help to increase the capacity of 45 of the country’s 59 hospitals across all of Haiti’s departments to provide enhanced quality health services, including greater access to quality sexual and reproductive health services for women, postnatal care for mothers and their infants and emergency health services for women and children under the age of five.

Centre for International Cooperation in Health and Development - Phase II - $20 million over four years

Canada’s assistance will help to provide quality health services to more than 146,000 women and 66,000 children under the age of five in Haiti’s department of Artibonite. The Centre for International Cooperation in Health and Development responds to women’s right to access sexual and reproductive health services and provides health services for children under the age of five. With Canada’s support, Phase II of this project will extend support from five to eight districts in Artibonite.

Lawyers Without Borders Canada - $18.2 million over five years

Canada’s assistance will help to improve women’s and youths’ access to justice in Haiti by improving the capacity of the justice sector to provide quality legal services through equipment, training, coaching and support for legal aid. This program will also help to fight corruption within the justice sector by training and coaching lawyers defending cases related to impunity and corruption and increasing the awareness of civil society organizations and the general public of human rights and the struggle against impunity and corruption.

United Nations Children Fund - $11.9 million over five years

In Haiti more than 400,000 children between the ages of 5 and 17 find themselves working as domestics in homes under varying conditions. Canada’s assistance will help to protect more than 20,000 child domestic workers living in unacceptable circumstances by providing them with better living conditions and greater access to education. This initiative includes providing training to empower social and community workers to protect children. It also includes informing more than 250,000 Haitians on the issues surrounding child domestic work to explore long-term solutions.

International Development Research Centre - $1.1 million over two years

Canada’s funding will create job opportunities for young Haitian women in the digital economy by providing them with the skills they need to meet infrastructure shortages. The International Development Research Centre will work with the École Supérieure d’Infotronique d’Haïti (higher school of information technology of Haiti) in Port-au-Prince, the Latin America and Caribbean Network Information Centre in Montevideo, Uruguay, and the Caribbean Open Institute at the Mona School of Business & Management at the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica, to develop a set of targeted courses and platforms to enhance the digital skills of young Haitians, match youth with companies working in the digital economy and perfect the skills of telecommunications engineers.


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