Join Us at UNGA 2017

September 18, 2017 - 1:00pm - September 20, 2017 - 10:00am
The Harvard Club, 35 West 44th Street, New York, New York

Join MSH and partners at the 72nd UN General Assembly.

Resilient and Stable: Building Strong Health Systems to Protect Women, Adolescents, and Children

Sponsored by MSH, Global Health Council, Johnson & Johnson, and Syrian American Medical Society.

Monday, September 18, 2017

1:00-1:30 PM Lunch | 1:30-3:30 PM Program

The Harvard Club, 35 West 44th Street, New York, New York

In countries facing humanitarian crises, whether torn by war or civil unrest, or affected by natural disasters or epidemics, shocks and stresses often undercut the health care system. These systems struggle to provide basic health care needs in the face of instability, often enduring a decimated workforce, damaged facilities and infrastructure, and broken supply chains. Those most impacted – women, adolescents, and children – are also the most vulnerable. As nations emerge from periods of crisis, systems adapt in an attempt to recover from shocks and opportunities arise to leverage existing tools and approaches that communities are already using.

This session will dive 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.

With speakers

  • Ugochi Daniels, Chief, Humanitarian and Fragile Contexts Branch, United Nations Population Fund
  • Irene Koek, Acting Assistant Administrator, Global Health Bureau, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Chunmei Li, Director, Global Community Impact, Johnson & Johnson
  • Antoine Ndaiye, Country Director, Côte d’Ivoire, Management Sciences for Health
  • Loyce Pace, President and Executive Director, Global Health Council
  • Lara Zakaria, National Board of Directors, Syrian American Medical Society



Global Health Security in Action: Putting Countries in the Driver’s Seat

Sponsored by MSH, Global Health Council, U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention, Rabin Martin, and Intel.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

8:00-8:30AM Breakfast | 8:30-10:30 AM Program

The Harvard Club | 35 West 44th Street, New York, New York

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.

Join us for a conversation 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.


Unpacking UHC Governance and Financing: Making Health for All a Reality

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

8:00-8:30AM Breakfast | 8:30-10:00AM Program

The Harvard Club | 35 West 44th Street, New York, New York

Globally, the focus in the health sector has shifted toward practical interventions toward achieving universal health coverage (UHC). Good governance at all levels is a cornerstone to achieving UHC. Financing reform is the other. 

Please join us for a lively discussion on some innovative new country and regional initiatives on governance and financing that are working toward making health care affordable, accessible and equitable. 


  • Jason Taylor Wright, Senior Director, Project Implementation, Health Programs Group, Management Sciences for Health and former director, Leadership, Management and Governance project. 


  • Irene Koek, Acting Assistant Administrator for Global Health, USAID
  • Agnès Soucat, Director, Health Systems Governance and Financing, World Health Organization  
  • Cheryl Cashin, Senior Program Director, Results for Development 
  • Ummuro Adano, Global Technical Lead, Human Resources for Health, MSH
  • Her Excellency Toyin Ojora Saraki, Founder-President, Wellbeing Foundation Africa