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

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

September 18
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM (Lunch) & 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM (Program)
Harvard Club, 35 W 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.


Join GHC at the Global Health Security Roundtable and Faith and Global Health Caucus
GHC is relaunching its Global Health Security Roundtable, which will be meeting today, July 10, at 3 pm EDT in Washington, DC. Read more about the Roundtable and learn how to join the listserv.

A small group of members is relaunching the Faith and Global Health Caucus. Open to all faiths, the Caucus will meet quarterly to share best practices and provide a fellowship-centered space. The first meeting is onJuly 17 at 5 pm EDT in Washington, DC. Learn more and RSVP.

Powerful Discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals
On July 17, Global Compact Network USA will host an event on the role of the private sector in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 2017 Symposium will bring together companies, nonprofits, and United Nations entities to explore practical actions that we can all take to advance the SDGs. The event will take place at Pfizer Headquarters in New York City, on the heels of the High-Level Political Forum on SDGs (HLPF 2017). View registration details for this event and visit GHC’s special events calendar for more information on health-related side-events at HLPF 2017.

Reducing Global Inequities in Maternal and Child Health
A recent study by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reveals that the number of lives saved by investing in the most deprived populations is almost twice as high as the number saved by equivalent investment in less deprived groups. Study findings show that increased access to key interventions reduced under-five mortality in 51 countries that are collectively home to 400 million children under age five. The report analyzes six critical indicators: antenatal care visits, skilled birth attendants, early initiation of breastfeeding, malaria prevention, full immunization, and care-seeking for sick children. View the report and interactive data site.

Global Development Alliance Annual Program Statement Deadline Extended
The Global Development Alliance (GDA) Annual Program Statement (APS) deadline has been extended until February 23, 2018. The GDA APS is USAID’s open invitation to the private sector to co-create and implement transformational partnerships to tackle both business and global development challenges that have a sustainable development impact. Through leveraging expertise, resources, and capabilities from various stakeholders, GDA APS addresses critical business and development challenges using market-based approaches. Learn more.

Where is TB in maternal and child health?

Where is TB in maternal and child health?

September 7-9, 2016


You’re invited!
Where is TB in maternal & child health?

Why are some children unresponsive to adequate treatment for pneumonia, malnutrition, and HIV? Why do some of them die? Maybe they are among the over 600,000 children that fall ill with tuberculosis each year but are never diagnosed.

Join experts from the TB and MNCH communities in a global debate on the linkages between tuberculosis and maternal and child health to:

identify opportunities for intervention,
increase the visibility of childhood TB, and
define ways to more effectively link TB, MNCH and primary health programs to provide comprehensive prevention and care.

It’s free and easy to participate in the seminar:

1. Go to
2. Log-in
3. Join the seminar group
4. Mark your calendar for September 7-9, 2016
5. Participate in this online seminar on your own time! Log in anytime from September 7-9 to check in on the discussion and share your ideas. You will also receive daily summaries by email.

Watch the video introduction from co-facilitators Anne Detjen (UNICEF) and Rudi Thetard (African Strategies for Health)

Enhancing U.S. Engagement on Maternal and Child Health

Enhancing U.S. Engagement on Maternal and Child Health

9:00AM-10:30AM (EDT)
Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Hosted by the office of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren

Capitol Visitors Center
SVC 210-10

Breakfast will be provided.

Please join us for a panel discussion to examine U.S. policy options to advance maternal, neonatal, and child health in Sub-Saharan Africa. The conversation will focus on four broad themes:

  • How the U.S. can best partner with countries to strengthen the delivery of maternal, neonatal and child health services at the community level;
  • The lessons learned from successful vaccine programs that may be relevant for other health programming areas;
  • The role played by PEPFAR in serving as a platform for maternal, neonatal, and child health services, and what is likely to happen as PEPFAR undergoes geographic and programmatic realignment; and
  • How the U.S. can support partner countries in mobilizing resources for sustainable maternal, neonatal, and child health programs now and in the future.

The event will feature a new CSIS report, and associated web microsite, from a February 2015 delegation to the United Republic of Tanzania.  The delegation examined U.S.-Tanzania bilateral cooperation on maternal, neonatal, and child health, as well as the ways in which U.S.-supported programs complement the efforts on immunization carried out by the Government of Tanzania in partnership with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

Speakers include:

Koki Agarwal
Director of the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP)

Natasha Bilimoria
Director of U.S. Strategy
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

Allyala Nandakumar
Chief Economist for Global Health
U.S. Agency for International Development

Heather Watt
Maternal and Child Health Coordinator
Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

Katherine Bliss (Moderator)
Senior Associate, Global Health Policy Center
Center for Strategic and International Studies


Please RSVP here.

The event will be webcast live at



For Immediate Release

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

USAID Press Office

Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: | Twitter: @USAIDPress

WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced Katie Taylor as interim Child and Maternal Survival Coordinator, focused on the goal of ending preventable maternal and child deaths.

For half a century USAID has been the global leader in reproductive, maternal and child health driven by our work in field missions. During the last 20 years alone, one hundred million children’s lives have been spared, and through our efforts the rate of mortality reduction is accelerating. By building upon our history of success and partnering with governments, civil society, and the private sector, the Child and Maternal Survival Coordinator work will help to accelerate progress toward our goal.

In June at a high-level forum called Acting on the Call: ending preventable child and maternal deaths, a panel of esteemed business, health, development and government experts strongly recommended that USAID strengthen and restructure decision-making and processes by establishing a maternal and child health coordinator, similar to the successful model of USAID’s own President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).

Taylor will oversee USAID’s near- and longer-term goals and actions to drive increased outcomes for impact, as well as working to gain greater operational efficiency. She will be responsible for USAID’s child survival and maternal health policy and programs, working collaboratively across the Agency and with USAID Missions and partners.

Taylor is currently USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Global Health, and assumes this new role in addition to her regular duties. Read her biography here.

USAID’s child survival and maternal health work prioritizes 24 countries, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia which account for 70 percent of maternal and child deaths and half of the unmet need for family planning. The 24 priority countries have achieved an 8 percent reduction in under-5 mortality, saving 500,000 lives in the last two years alone.