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Save the date: Aligning the Stars for Quality RMNCH Care! What Does it Take?

Posted August 20, 2018

Join the Wilson Center and MCSP for a discussion of critical quality gaps in reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) care and ongoing work to improve and sustain high-quality care at scale.

In the era of the Sustainable Development Goals, country and global stakeholders are focusing more on quality in health care, including quality of RMNCH care. With momentum increasing to accelerate reductions in mortality and embrace a forward-looking “survive and thrive” agenda, there is an urgent need to support country health systems to incorporate high quality RMNCH health care as a core mission of a country’s health system.

This event will share learning — from countries, the World Health Organization’s MNCH Quality of Care network, and the upcoming publication of the Lancet Commission on High Quality Health Systems — to explore how we can make quality of RMNCH care everybody’s business.


To reserve your space at the event, click here. To participate remotely, click here.


Tuesday, September 18th
9:00 am – 11:00 am


Wilson Center
1300 Pennsylvania, Ave., NW
Washington, DC


Opening remarks:

  • Sarah Barnes
    Project Director, Maternal Health Initiative, Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Dr. Kathleen Hill
    Maternal Health Team Lead, MCSP
  • Barbara Hughes
    Director, Office of Maternal, Child, Health & Nutrition, Bureau of Global Health, USAID

Panel 1 – Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground: Improving quality of RMNCH care in low and middle income countries


  • Chantelle Allen
    Senior Technical Advisor, MCSP


  • Dr. Md Aminul Hassan (Invited)
    Focal Point Quality Improvement Secretariat, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Bangladesh
  • Dr. Chibugo Okoli
    Deputy Chief of Party, MCSP, Nigeria
  • Dr. Boniface Onwe
    Director & State Program Manager, Ebonyi State, Ministry of Health, Nigeria
  • Eliane Razafimandimby
    Chief of Party, MCSP, Madagascar
  • Dr. Jesca Nsungwa Sabiti
    Ag. Commissioner (Community Health), Ministry of Health, Uganda

Panel 2 – What does it take? Aligning global, regional, and country stars to accelerate improved quality of RMNCH care at scale in low-resource settings


  • Lily Kak
    Team Lead for Newborn Health, Office of Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition, USAID


  • Dr. Margaret Kruk
    Associate Professor of Global Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Chair, The Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems in the SDG Era
  • Dr. Blerta Maliqi
    Technical Officer/Team Leader, Network for Improving Quality Care for MNCH, World Health Organization
  • Dr. Jesca Nsungwa Sabiti
    Ag. Commissioner (Community Health), Ministry of Health, Uganda
  • Dr. Sodzi Sodzi-Tettly
    Executive Director, Africa Region, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Closing Remarks

  • Dr. Koki Agarwal
    Project Director, MCSP
Maternal and Child Survival Program