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February 27th: Addressing Critical Health System Barriers to Improve RMNCAH Services

Posted January 30, 2018

Efforts to improve global health cannot be achieved without stronger health systems. In the 2017 Acting on the Call report, USAID estimated that investments in evidence-based health system strengthening activities could contribute to saving the lives of 5.6 million children and 260,000 women from 2016 to 2020 in priority countries.

With this in mind, MCSP and the Wilson Center hosted a discussion February 27th on health systems strengthening in the pursuit of improved reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health services globally. Participants used the hashtags #MHDialogue and #CareforHSS to tweet about the event.

The event was moderated by Joan Mower, Head of Development at Voice of America, and featured several high-level speakers:

  • Opening remarks: Grace Chee, MCSP Health Systems Strengthening and Equity Team Lead
  • Dr. Koki Agarwal, MCSP Director
  • Dr. Mariam Claeson, Director, Global Financing Facility, World Bank
  • Dr. Birhanu Getahun, MCSP/Liberia Technical Director
  • Dr. Stephen Mutwiwa, MCSP/Rwanda Chief of Party
  • Lee Pyne-Mercier, Senior Program Officer, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Kelly Saldaña, Director, Office of Health Systems, USAID Global Health Bureau
  • Mary Taylor, Global Health Technical Expert

To read an event summary and view a recording of the event, click here.

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