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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.

Insights to Action – Navigating the Intersection between Gender and Adolescent Mental Health

Organized by International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)

September 13
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
ICRW, 1120 20th St NW, Suite 500N,
Washington, DC


Girls are at increased risk due to unequal access to resources, decision-making power and education; gender-based violence; and discriminatory practices like child marriage. Few programs and policies have effectively addressed the mental health and well-being needs of adolescents, especially in low- and middle-income countries. Further, existing programs and policies rarely take gender into account or reach the most marginalized.

Join ICRW to discuss the intersection between gender and adolescent mental health.


Girl Strong: Promoting global access to water, sanitation and hygiene for women and girls everywhere

This year, WaterAid was #GirlStrong for #WorldWaterDay for the women and girls who spend 40 billion hours collecting water every, single year. Girl Strong highlights a renewed commitment to the incredible strength women and girls all over the world are forced to exhibit on a daily basis.

Girl Strong isn’t just a catchy slogan or convenient hashtag. It is an integrated campaign that seeks to ensure that every woman and girl has access to clean water, a safe toilet and proper hygiene services, through awareness raising with the public and advocacy across the country. Girl Strong is a call to action to promote sustainable solutions and help women and girls unlock their potential by ensuring they have these basic human rights.

Chan Srey Nuch, 31, with her daughters Thea Sreyneang, 6 (red and white top) and Thea Sreyno, 3, (red and blue top). Srey Nuch worries that her children may drown in the filthy flood water when she is out working. Chong kaosou (west) community, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

For World Water Day, WaterAid released its annual “State of the World’s Toilets” report, Wild Water, and featured women and girls whose lives have been dramatically affected by climate change. Srey worries so much about her children getting sick from walking through deep flood waters in rural Cambodia, that she has a neighbor watch them while she completes the 30-minute trek to get water from the one of only two wells in her community – a trek she takes up to six times a day.  The persistent drought in Julietta’s community in Mozambique means it is nearly impossible to farm crops and make a living to feed her four children.











Women and girls are disproportionately affected by lack of access to water and sanitation, and now is the time to ensure that we are working towards helping them recapture those 40 billion hours spent, risks of sexual assault while looking for a water or a loo, missed education just because they’re menstruating, and preventable infections caused by giving birth in places without WASH. We encourage everybody to join us and be #GirlStrong in support of these amazing women and girls.


Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health in Humanitarian Settings

Organized by American Public Health Association (APHA)

Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health in Humanitarian Settings

October 18, 2016
9:30 – 11:00 am EDT



With the ever increasing attention on efforts to improve women’s and children’s health, major achievements have been made to reducing child mortality and improving maternal health. However, women and girls still remain particularly vulnerable to sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian crises, refugee camps, war or natural disasters.

The renewed Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health calls on all humanitarian and development actors to redouble their efforts and to work better together to build health and resilience among those living in these fragile and volatile circumstances.

Join us in a webinar to learn more about the pressing issues they face and to discuss a way forward to ensure they are able to survive, thrive and transform.  This is the first in a webinar series — New Evidence to Bend the Curve of Progress for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health — that will explore the latest evidence and recommended interventions on how to improve the health of women, children and adolescents.


Welcome and Introductions
Emanuele Capobianco, deputy executive director, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health

Taking stock of the challenge to women, children and adolescent health: evidence to date and gaps
Paul Spiegel, MD, MPH, director, Johns Hopkins Center for Refugee and Disaster Response (CRDR)

Realities on the ground: successes and challenges in sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (SRMNCAH) delivery
Afghanistan (Tentative: Representative from Afghan government)
Syria Claire Beck, director of the global technical team and Hussein Assaf, MD, health and nutrition coordinator, World Vision International

Donor Perspective: Jed Meline, acting deputy assistant administrator, USAID

Discussion and Q&A

Connecting all dots: the everywhere workstream: Her Royal Highness, Princess Sarah Zeid, Chair EWEC Everywhere

Webinar presented in partnership with:

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A Gender Reality Check in Global Health

A Gender Reality Check in Global Health

October 14, 2016
17:30 – 19:00 pm CEST

Maison de la paix
The Graduate Institute


Gender equality is recognised as a crucial component for the success of health systems and societies, and is a key focus area for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Although in many countries women constitute over 75% of the health workforce, female representation at the top levels in global health is lagging, in particular when looking at political representation, academia and the private sector.

International Geneva’s pivotal role in global health has long been recognised. With the launch of the Geneva Gender Champions in July 2015, the multilateral city of diplomacy is also positioning itself as a hub for gender equality. More than 100 leaders from international and non-governmental organisations as well as permanent missions have committed to end all-male panels and to support concrete, measurable actions to advance gender parity. How are they meeting these pledges? How can the Geneva Gender Champions mobilise gender-focused commitments in global health? Is their engagement in line with the realities of gender disparity in global health leadership?

The Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute and Women in Global Health are organising this policy dialogue to address these and other questions. A distinguished panel will explore the challenges and opportunities of women’s leadership in global health and discuss new solutions and strategies to outline a way forward.

By fostering collective action in Geneva, this event will provide a platform to strengthen the network of organisations engaged in increasing gender equality in global health, and put commitments into practice to effect change.

The event is organised in collaboration with Women in Global Health and is supported by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.