Three-Day Integration Symposium in D.C., April 11-13

Management Sciences for Health is proud to co-host the "Delivering Impact in Women and Children’s Health: The Challenges and Opportunities of Service Integration" symposium from April 11th through 13th. We are co-hosting this conference with the GHC, JSI, Jhpiego, USAID, MCHIP, PATH, FHI, Guttmacher Institute, and JHU School of Public Health. The Policy and Advocacy Team at MSH is also excited to host the second and third day of invitation-only sessions in our Arlington, VA offices. In addition, MSH will present a panel on Monday:

  • "Build It Better and Stronger: Maternal and Child Health Programs for Maximum Impact"

More than one-and-a-half million women every year will die from complications during pregnancy and childbirth. At the same time, an estimated six million children die each year from preventable causes. In order to come close to reaching the Millennium Development Goals to reduce childhood deaths by two-thirds and maternal morbidity by three-quarters by the year 2015 interventions will require more than scientific expertise. Leadership and effective management processes are also needed to bring existing and new interventions to scale throughout countries’ service sites and communities. Join us for a discussion of the best practices used in Malawi and Ghana to achieve maximum health impact for women and children.


Diana Silimperi, Vice President, Management Sciences for Health
Rudi Thetard, Chief of Party, BASICS Malawi
Issakha Diallo, Project Director, AWARE II Ghana
Abdelhadi Eltahir, Senior Advisor for Maternal and Newborn Health, Pathfinder International

The term integration has gained increasing prominence in the global health community to describe service delivery and systems management strategies that highlight coordination of care and sharing of resources. However, many questions remain about the feasibility, effectiveness, and appropriateness of these strategies in different settings. It is clear that more discussion is needed among global health practitioners to clarify the full implications of this strategy.


The objective of the Symposium is to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to examine integration, focusing primarily on maternal, newborn, and child health and reproductive health. Specific objectives include:

  • To define and explore the term integration
  • To share information and best practices related to integrated programming
  • To examine political, financial, and managerial challenges to integrated programming
  • To identify policy and research priorities related to integration
  • To make recommendations that direct future policy and advocacy efforts
  • To contribute insights to a partner-generated report on integration


The content of the Symposium will focus on integration as it pertains to maternal, newborn and child health and reproductive health. Specifically, the Symposium will focus on the following topics:

  • Defining integration and determining when integrated programs are feasible;
  • Best practices in integration and their contribution to health systems strengthening;
  • Multilateral, donor, district and community perspectives on integration;
  • Managing the implementation of and measuring the success of integrated programs;
  • The role of technological innovation in facilitating integration.


The Symposium will feature a total of 10 different sessions on integration spanning three days. On the morning of Monday, April 11 the Symposium will be open to all members of the global health community; the afternoon of April 11 through April 13 will be invitation only.

The Role of Group Discussion

The Symposium will focus heavily on group discussion, as we believe that it is essential for people in the field to come together and share their experience with others working on similar issues. Through group discussion, we hope to share best practices, recognize challenges and potential solutions, and identify policy and research priorities. Each session during the invitation-only portion of the Symposium will start with a set of presentations on a specific topic related to integration, followed by a period of breakout group discussion, and concluding with group report outs.

Invitation Only

In order to ensure a more robust dialogue on the issues discussed at the Symposium, the Council and its partners are limiting invitations to the full three-day Symposium to guests that have some prior experience in the integration of global health services. Space is first come first serve, and we will be limiting participation in the three day Symposium to no more than 80 participants (with the exception of the morning of April 11 which will hold a capacity of 150 participants).


For any additional questions, please email Rachel Hampton or call (202) 833-5900 ext 3237.


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