February 11, 2016

The White House recently launched the National Action Plan for Combating Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) which aims to treat 35 percent of all MDR-TB patients in the 10 countries with the highest TB burden by 2018. TB has caused more deaths than any other single infectious disease worldwide. Over the past 20 years the number of people who develop TB has declined annually, but the development and spread of MDR-TB can easily erode and reverse this significant progress. MDR-TB is resistant to the two most potent TB drugs and treatment is significantly more expensive; it presents a major challenge to the health system and pushes people into poverty. This panel and reception event will delve deeper into some of the specifics of tackling MDR-TB in high-burden environments, with a focus on the successful implementation of proven strategies. Join us as we discuss what is working, what lessons can be learned and applied in other settings, the challenges that remain, and innovative ways to tackle them.

January 26, 2016

In recent years, a growing number of countries have been committing to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), whereby all people receive the health services they need of good quality, without risk of financial hardship. UHC is also an agreed target in the Sustainable Development Goals, with the potential to tie together the other health targets and facilitate a more integrated and harmonised approach to implementation. Efforts are underway to improve monitoring of progress towards UHC at global and country levels, and the time is ripe to seize opportunities to strengthen multi-stakeholder mechanisms for accountability for progress towards UHC.

January 27, 2016

Universal health coverage and access represents a platform to advance family planning and the FP2020 goals. However, stewardship from the public sector is critical. Speakers will explore the intersection of financing, policy, and accountability as countries move into universal access for Family Planning in the new post-2015 era. Moderator: Jonathan D. Quick, President and CEO, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) Panelists: Chris Baryomunsi, Minister of Health, Uganda Nicholas Muraguri, Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Health, Kenya (invited)