MSH to Attend the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland – Health stakeholders, experts, and policy makers will join together once again this May at the 70th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva. Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is sponsoring events focused on advancing the Global Health Security Agenda and building stronger and more resilient health systems in fragile environments, especially for women and children.

Selected events listed below. Journalists are invited to attend.

MSH Position Statements for the 70th World Health Assembly

May 21, 2017 – May 27, 2017

A Reception and Conversation with MSH President and CEO, Marian Wentworth

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | 7:00–8:30 pm | Geneva Press Club | Route de Ferney 106 La Pastorale | 1202 Genève

Moderated by Jeffrey L. Sturchio, President and CEO of Rabin Martin, this reception and conversation will offer an opportunity to share ideas and meet MSH President and CEO, Marian Wentworth.

Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Against All Odds: Enabling Global Health Security through Health Systems Strengthening

Monday, May 22, 2017 | 4:00–6:00 pm | Geneva Press Club | Route de Ferney 106 La Pastorale | 1202 Genève

Given the intersection between global health security and women’s health, as well as women’s unique role in strengthening health systems, it’s critical to include women’s perspectives in the conversation. Accordingly, a panel of women leaders will examine the enablers of health security, including strengthening primary care, adequately training health workers, leveraging technology, supporting regulatory capacity, and good governance.

Speakers include:

  • Honorable Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health, Republic of Uganda (invited)
  • Jennifer Esposito, General Manager, Global Health and Life Sciences, Intel Corporation
  • Rebecca Martin, Director, Center for Global Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control (invited)
  • Diah Saminarsih, Special Advisor, Indonesian Minister of Health (invited)

Priorities for the Next WHO Director-General

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | 12:00–2:00 pm | Geneva Press Club | Route de Ferney 106 La Pastorale | 1202 Genève

With the World Health Organization (WHO) slated to elect a new Director-General during the 70th World Health Assembly (WHA), what is the potential impact new leadership can bring? And more importantly are those who will be impacted paying attention? As the WHO works to implement some of the reforms agreed to during the WHA in 2016, the question global health stakeholders should be asking is: What should new leadership at the WHO do for the organization? In discussing the implications of this election, panelists from the U.S. government, academia, the NGO community, and the private sector will focus on its potential impact on the current fault lines in the global health debate.

Speakers to be announced.

Strengthening Health Systems to Better Serve Vulnerable Women and Children: Perspectives from Women Leaders

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | 4:00–6:00 pm | Geneva Press Club | Route de Ferney 106 La Pastorale | 1202 Genève

In situations of instability, women and children bear disproportionate consequences, often in silence. The intersection between women’s health and fragile states was seen most recently in the Ebola and Zika emergencies, where health systems were taxed and workforces decimated. In other countries, political instability, migration, and natural disasters have contributed to high levels of violence, infant mortality, and maternal mortality and morbidity. This panel will explore the challenges health systems face in complex and post-conflict settings, how these challenges impact the health of the most vulnerable—women and children—and how we can harness the power of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to build more resilient health systems.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Bernice N. T. Dahn, Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Republic of Liberia
  • Dr. Ferrozuddin Feroz, Public Health Minister, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
  • Catharine Taylor, Vice President, Health Programs Group, Management Sciences for Health
  • Samalie Kitooleko, Registered Nurse, Uganda Health Institute
  • Jude Nwokike, Director, Promoting the Quality of Medicines Program, U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention
  • Roopa Dhatt, Director and Co-Founder, Women in Global Health
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