World Health Assembly | Against All Odds: Strengthening Health Systems to Better Serve Vulnerable Women and Children

May 23, 2017 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Club Suisse de la Press, Route de Ferney 106, Geneva, Switzerland

Side Event

In situations of instability, women and children bear disproportionate consequences, often in silence. The intersection between women’s health and complex settings 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.

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  • Dr. Bernice N. T. Dahn, Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Republic of Liberia
  • Catharine Taylor, Vice President, Health Programs Group, Management Sciences for Health
  • Dr. Ed Kelley, Director, Department of Service Delivery & Safety, World Health Organization
  • Dr. Nosa Orobaton, Deputy Director, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, Gates Foundation
  • 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