Agriteam has worked on project improving health and promoting well-being since 1995. Our health team includes public health, medical and nursing professionals from Canada and around the world with experience in Africa, Asia and the Americas.

We collaborate with national and sub-national partners to create enabling environments for the development of sustainable policies, systems and programs that improve the health of the poor via methodologies such as: conducting training and mentoring; strengthening health-related systems, and developing synergies and supporting partnerships.


  • Community health
  • Nutrition
  • Health sector reform
  • Health education and promotion
  • Disease control, prevention and treatment
  • Improving access to life-saving interventions
  • Maternal newborn and child health
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Health management information systems
  • Sector-wide approaches in health
  • Health program/project monitoring

Agriteam’s health portfolio includes projects on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, health systems strengthening, and nutrition.


TANZANIA: Regional Maternal Newborn Child Health (RMNCH) Strengthening in Tanzania (Global Affairs Canada, 2016-2020)
The RMNCH Strengthening in Tanzania project aims to improve maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) in the Lake Zone area by working with regional and council health management teams to strengthen health systems. Agriteam is working in partnership with the University of Calgary to: provide technical assistance for health management teams on planning and management of health services, including effective use of health management information systems; provide training for facility and community-based health providers and promoters on delivering quality MNCH services; provide equipment and supplies to health facilities to improve their capacity to deliver MNCH services; and work with key community figures and local committees to improve MNCH, including the promotion of gender equality. RMNCH began working with the health management team in Misungwi and the regional health management team in Mwanza before extending its effort to Kwimba. Other key partners on this project include the Canadian Paediatric Society, Save the Mothers, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, and Catholic University of Health and Allied Science (Bugando).
TANZANIA: Senior Health Advisor and Monitor in Tanzania (Global Affairs Canada, 2014-2017)
Agriteam provided technical expertise and strategic advice to the Government of Tanzania’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in support of the National Human Resources for Health (HRH) Strategy & Production Plan, and the National Road Map Strategic Plan. Our Advisor provided technical expertise in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of human resources for health systems strengthening and health and HIV/AIDS programming in Tanzania. This included the integration of gender equality and environmental considerations into all capacity building initiatives in health programming.
MALAWI: MAZIKO: Nutrition Foundations for Women and Children (Global Affairs Canada, 2012-2013)
The MAZIKO project, implemented by CARE Canada, was designed to reduce stunting and improve the nutritional status of women and children under five years of age in the Central Region of Malawi by using a model of behaviour change (Care Groups) that has been proven to reach large numbers of households through economies of scale. Agriteam provided analysis, assistance and ongoing advice to Global Affairs Canada to support informed discussion with CARE on project implementation (including approaches, progress towards results and effectiveness) in order to achieve the operational and developmental results of the project.
PAKISTAN: Canada-Pakistan HIV/AIDS Surveillance Project (HASP) (Global Affairs Canada, 2004-2012)

The HIV/AIDS Surveillance Project (HASP) developed a sustainable, scientifically-sound surveillance system for HIV/AIDS among the most at-risk populations in Pakistan. The goal of the project was to improve the quality and delivery of social services provided by the Government of Pakistan, and to increase public access to those services, especially for vulnerable women and men. HASP took a systems-oriented approach by working at different levels of the health sector in 14 cities and integrating mapping as well as behavioural and biological surveillance approaches. By improving the evidence base for planning HIV prevention and care services, HASP built the capacity of Pakistan’s Ministry of Health in procurement and management of HIV surveillance expertise, operational risk assessment, the use of surveillance information to plan and improve HIV/AIDS policies and programs for vulnerable women and men, and the quality and efficiency of health systems overall. HASP also worked on improving both the use of and demand for surveillance information from health care providers and service-delivery NGOs. Surveillance data generated by HASP has been used for national and provincial reporting, strategy development and program planning, as well as by donors including World Bank and UNAIDS for planning and monitoring.

NIGERIA: Colleges/Schools of Health Technology and Primary Health Care Development (SHT-PHC) (Global Affairs Canada, 2006 –2012)
This technical education project supported the Government of Nigeria’s reform agenda in health education through strengthening the capacity of the Colleges of Health Technology to provide quality education to primary health care (PHC) personnel. The colleges train secondary school graduates in two and three year certificate and diploma programs that qualify them as Community Health Care technicians. The project provided technical assistance and financial support to upgrade the facilities in two target colleges, improve administration and management of the colleges, strengthen instructional practices and apprenticeship programs, and improve curriculum and teacher skills. The project also supported local government authorities and Ministries of Health in each state to renovate 14 PHC facilities that doubled as clinical practice sites for students, and to improve community participation in health promotion and PHC facility management through the development of 14 Community Action Plans, which outlined community-identified local resources that could be used to address pressing health issues.
PAKISTAN: Systems-Oriented Health Investment Program (SOHIP) (Global Affairs Canada, 2005-2010)
The goal of Systems-Oriented Health Investment Program (SOHIP) was to improve the quality and delivery of primary health care, especially for the female population, and to increase access to health services by poor women, children and men in Punjab province, Pakistan. The purpose of the project was to support the implementation of decentralized health services with particular attention to women’s health, through systems strengthening. SOHIP focused in three thematic areas: building health promotion capacity and systems; strengthening district-based planning and management systems; and increasing attention to gender and equity issues in the health sector.

Agriteam adopted a holistic approach, working to address different domains of the health sector, such as the structure of service delivery, demand generation, resource management, financing and stewardship. Direct results of SOHIP include: increased use of Primary Health Care services by clients due to improved quality of basic health services; strengthened, women-friendly health systems and at the provincial and district levels; and strengthened capacity of the federal and provincial health departments, district-level governments and civil society groups to respond to the health needs of the poor through improved policy formulation, planning, human resource development, management and supervision.

ASIA REGIONAL: Canada-Asia Regional Emerging Infectious Diseases Project (CAREID), China and South Asia, Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)/World Health Organization (WHO) (Global Affairs Canada, 2005)
CAREID was a specially-designed response to the Severe, Acute Respiratory Syndrome epidemic, implemented in five Asian countries to build their capacity to respond to emerging infectious diseases. Agriteam was contracted by Global Affairs Canada to assess the capacity of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) staff to undertake project planning and implementation using results-based management (RBM) methodology and then develop and lead RBM, capacity development and sustainability training sessions for team members. Agriteam also served as lead facilitator for high-level international workshops in Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Cambodia and the Philippines for the WHO/PHAC team with senior government officials (ministers, deputy ministers, senior directors), multilateral donors (World Bank, Asian Development Bank, other United Nations agencies) and non-governmental organization health sector representatives from across Asia.
BANGLADESH: Health and Population Reform Program (Global Affairs Canada, 1995-2004)

Led by Agriteam in partnership with the University of Calgary, the Population and Health Reform Program (PHRP) was part of a large-scale, multi-donor, government/non-governmental organization (NGO) collaborative program to improve family planning and health service delivery throughout Bangladesh. Using a sector-wide, integrated approach to service delivery, the project worked directly with the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), as well as more than 50 local and international NGOs, academic institutions and pharmaceutical companies. Program activities included building capacity in human resource development, government-NGO collaboration, procurement of contraceptive commodities, community capacity building/participatory methods, and the development of reproductive health-related behaviour change communications (for example, producing birth planning cards for country-wide distribution). The project – Canada’s largest single health project and the largest of its kind in the world at the time – resulted in a lower average number of births per woman, increased use of contraceptives, lower infant and child death rates, increased levels of full immunization for polio, tuberculosis, tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and measles, lower maternal deaths at birth, and higher average age at marriage.