World Health Assembly | Enabling Global Health Security through Health Systems Strengthening: Perspectives from Women Leaders

May 22, 2017 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Club Suisse de la Press, Route de Ferney 106, Geneva, Switzerland

Side Event

Recent years have seen global health security emerge as a top priority for the international community. In addition to the human toll of outbreaks, disease – or the threat thereof – also has a significant impact on economic growth and other key development goals. Robust health systems are a critical factor to achieving the eleven Action Packages of the Global Health Security Agenda. But what does this look like in practice, and what are the characteristics of systems that facilitate greater security?

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.

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Welcome and Introduction

  • Ms. Tina Flores, Vice President, External Engagement & Communications at Rabin Martin

Keynote Address

  • Dr. Jane Aceng, Minister of Health, Uganda


  • Ms. Loyce Pace, President & Executive Director, Global Health Council


  • Ms. Jennifer Esposito, General Manager, Global Health & Life Sciences, Intel Corporation
  • Dr. Katherine Bond, Vice President, International Regulatory Affairs, USP
  • Dr. Rebecca Martin, Director, Center for Global Health, CDC
  • Dr. Elizabeth Cameron, Senior Director for Global Biological Policy & Programs, Nuclear Threat Initiative
  • Ms. Terri Smith Bresenham, Vice President & CEO, Sustainable Healthcare Solutions, GE Healthcare
  • Ms. Diah Saminarsih, Special Staff to Minister of Health, Republic of Indonesia

Closing remarks

  • Ms. Marian Wentworth, CEO and President, Management Sciences for Health