US Liaison for the WHO Service Delivery & Safety Department
As conceptual clarity on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) emerges, the health component requires a clear focus on the ‘how to’ of service delivery improvement. The convergence of the world of quality improvement and the world of Universal Health Coverage is vital.
Improvement Specialist for Gender and Knowledge Management, USAID ASSIST Project/WI-HER
Thursday, June 11th marked the second annual Gender360 Summit hosted by FHI360. More than 250 gender and development professionals attended the summit, which boasted an impressive list of speakers and panelists, including USAID Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment Susan Markham; Catherine Russell, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues at the Department of State; and Andrea Bertone, Director of the Gender Department at FHI360. Panel discussions included the right approaches to achieving gender equality, the role of donors in advancing a gender equality agenda, and featured short talks about engaging boys and men in the discussion and targeting hard to reach populations.
Improvement Advisor for Knowledge Management, USAID ASSIST Project/URC
A few months ago, I was visiting my dad, and he, like any parent, asked how work was going. “Now, what are you doing again?” he asked. “I work in knowledge management,” I said and waited for the inevitable “what’s that?” I explained to him how we try to learn from what we are doing and use a variety of conversational, small group techniques to do so. “Ugh, I hate small group work,” he replied, and that was that. I realized that what he said rang true for me, too.
Senior Technical Advisor, Vulnerable Child and Family Programs, USAID ASSIST Project/URC
On June 3rd, I participated in an expert consultation on "Scaling up HIV Stigma Reduction in Health Facilities", hosted by the USAID Health Policy Project (HPP). Presenters described recent major strides in understanding how stigma and discrimination (S&D) act as barriers to an effective HIV response.