Press Teleconference: Challenges and Successes of Building Strong Health Systems in Fragile States What’s working in South Sudan, Afghanistan and Haiti

Media Advisory

Media Contact:

Carol Miller, Management Sciences for Health

Press Teleconference: 

Challenges and Successes of Building Strong Health Systems in Fragile States
  What’s working in South Sudan, Afghanistan and Haiti

Wednesday, June 8, 2011; 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time
  With Leading Doctor from MSH, and USAID

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Meet healthcare leaders from Management Sciences for Health (MSH) who are transforming national  health systems in South Sudan, Afghanistan and Haiti; and speak with senior leadership at the U.S. Agency for International Development regarding US Government transition programming in complex crisis countries.

MSH’s Dr. John Rumunu, MB.BS, MPH, from South Sudan will be in Washington DC for the US Institute of Peace (USIP) Conference (“Health in Post-Conflict and Fragile States: Challenges for the Next Decade”) and the Global Health Council Conference.  On the teleconference he will present with Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg of USAID and the Vice President of MSH’s Center for Health Services, Dr. Diana R. Silimperi.

Hear highlights of projects and the work of healthcare professionals making positive and measurable impact in disease prevention and healthcare in post-conflict and fragile states. The teleconference will also highlight some of the discussions taking place at this year’s USIP Conference on Post Conflict and Fragile States scheduled June 9 and 10, such as—Where does health in fragile states fit in the policy agenda-- in national security or in global health?

Who:      Hosted by Management Sciences for Health (MSH). RSVP to Carol Miller at


  • Donald Steinberg, Deputy Administrator, USAID; Washington, DC

USAID Deputy Administrator Steinberg will discuss successes and challenges in aligning policy with programming, and talk about why stabilization is a different approach to development assistance and why getting it right is vital to the U.S.’s national security.

  • Dr. John Rumunu, MB.BS, MPH,       Director, Sudan Health Transformation Project, 

Phase two, MSH; South Sudan
  Dr. John Rumunu will discuss current and future challenges as he manages the transition to a national health system in the midst of renewed fighting in Abyei, and masses of people re-enter South Sudan in anticipation of the formation of the world’s newest country on July 9 following decades of civil war.

  • Dr. Diana R. Silimperi; Vice President, Center for Health      Services, MSH; Arlington, VA

Dr. Silimperi will give an overview of progress and activities in Afghanistan and Haiti, and give examples of what each country and the global health community has learned along the way.

The experts who are managing the transition into well-functioning national systems will shed light on where each country is at in its road to adequate and appropriate health care for its citizens. Each country learns from those who preceded them in the spectrum of development. The teleconference will wrap with a Q and A.

Additional Resources and Information

  See Blog posts, fact sheets, photos and video of MSH field work in post conflict and fragile states at Fact Sheet is at or see the direct link to the PDF at

Panel discussion at the USIP conference:
  A panel discussion at the USIP conference June 9 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time will also highlight case studies of country experiences similar to those discussed on the media teleconference June 8. The panel and conference will be located at the U.S. Institute of Peace Headquarters, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20037.

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