Health Systems Strengthening Highlighted at UNGA72

Health Systems Strengthening Highlighted at UNGA72

 {Photo credit: Alison Corbacio/MSH}From left: Ugochi Daniels, UNFPA; Chunmei Li, Johnson & Johnson; Antoine Ndiaye, MSH; Lara Zakaria, Syrian American Medical Society; Irene Koek, USAID; Loyce Pace, Global Health Council.Photo credit: Alison Corbacio/MSH

Health systems strengthening was front and center in discussions held in New York on the sidelines of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly. MSH hosted three events spotlighting how strong health systems are critical to resiliency and stability in fragile environments, at the core for global health security and essential for achieving universal health coverage. Here are some highlights from the week. See more on Twitter , and .

Resilient and Stable: Building Strong Health Systems to Protect Women, Adolescents, and Children | September 18, 2017

As nations emerge from periods of crisis, whether torn by war or civil unrest, or affected by natural disasters or epidemics, health systems adapt in an attempt to recover from shocks, and opportunities arise to leverage existing tools and approaches that communities are already using. This panel discussion dove into approaches for strengthening and rebuilding health systems in especially challenging contexts, through integrated programs that increase the adaptive capacity of health systems and protect the health of those most vulnerable while unlocking their individual and collective capacity to rebound from crises stronger than before. Highlights included calls to include women in the conversation about their health needs—before, during, and after crisis—and a focus on leadership and governance as key elements of a strong health system.

[Her Excellency Dr. Raymonde Goudou Coffie, Minister of Health of Cote d’Ivoire discusses steps taken to protect the population from disease outbreaks.] {Photo credit: Alison Corbacio/MSH}Her Excellency Dr. Raymonde Goudou Coffie, Minister of Health of Cote d’Ivoire discusses steps taken to protect the population from disease outbreaks.Photo credit: Alison Corbacio/MSH

Global Health Security in Action: Putting Countries in the Driver’s Seat | September 19, 2017

Building strong health systems enables countries to better prevent, detect, and respond to a wide range of health threats and emergencies—from humanitarian crises to disease outbreaks. Since 2015, countries have committed to developing comprehensive national plans of action for emergency preparedness. Country ownership, support from the highest levels of government, and involvement of all relevant sectors are central to ensuring domestic resourcing for capacity building, as well as in seeking partnerships to enhance sustainability. This event focused on how countries are moving forward on plans to address global health security risks, and what efforts are taking place globally to address some of the most critical challenges. Case studies were presented by high-level representatives from Cote d'Ivoire, Italy, and Indonesia and other global health security experts from the public, non-profit, and private sectors. Rep. Barbara Lee keynoted the event, urging support for funding for global health.

[Rep. Barbara Lee keynotes global health security event.] {Photo: Alison Corbacio/MSH}Rep. Barbara Lee keynotes global health security event.Photo: Alison Corbacio/MSH

[From left: Jeff Sturchio, Rabin Martin; Diah Saminarsih, Indonesia Ministry of Health; Jennifer Esposito, Intel Health; Lawrence Kerr, U.S. Health & Human Services; Rebecca Katz, Georgetown University.]{Photo: Alison Corbacio/MSH}Photo: Alison Corbacio/MSH

Unpacking UHC, Governance and Financing: Making Health for All a Reality | September 20, 2017

[From left: Sagal Ali, Wellbeing Foundation Africa; Ummuro Adano, MSH; Cheryl Cashin, Results for Development; Agnès Soucat, WHO; Irene Koek, USAID; Jason Wright, MSH.] {Photo credit: Barbara Ayotte/MSH}From left: Sagal Ali, Wellbeing Foundation Africa; Ummuro Adano, MSH; Cheryl Cashin, Results for Development; Agnès Soucat, WHO; Irene Koek, USAID; Jason Wright, MSH.Photo credit: Barbara Ayotte/MSH

As countries now move into making UHC a reality, this panel unpacked what is needed to develop institutions and ensure good governance, and shared lessons learned to guarantee equitable, affordable, and accessible health care. It is clear that citizen platforms, health economists, and health workers will need to be integral parts of the UHC pathway. The panel shared examples from the new WHO Health Systems Governance Collaborative and the African Collaborative for Health Financing Solutions, led by Results for Development.

[WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom addresses UHC Coalition advocates.] {Photo credit: Barbara Ayotte/MSH}WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom addresses UHC Coalition advocates.Photo credit: Barbara Ayotte/MSH

MSH is proud to be a founding member of the UHC Coalition, which celebrated 1,000 members with a reception hosted by UHC2030 on September 18, following a high- level panel discussion on UHC with world leaders at the United Nations. The UHC Coalition founded the annual UHC Day celebration on December 12 and continues to conduct high level advocacy on UHC.

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