Healthy people, successful economy – the first Health 20 Summit makes the case for health as a wise investment to the G20+ Leaders
Leaders from over 20 advanced and emerging economies met in Brisbane, Australia from November 15-16, 2014 to focus on the core issues of economic growth and resilience at the G20 Leaders Summit . Concerned with the absence of a discussion around health as an enabler of economic growth and an important part of the economy as “the greatest social capital a national can have", the World Medical Association, the Australian Medical Association and the Australian Medical Association Victoria, hosted the first international Health 20 summit – the H20 (#H20Melb on twitter).
Creative Associates International, 5301 Wisconsin Ave NW, B1 Conference Center, Washington, DC 20015
On November 6th, Creative Associates and the Washington DC Gender and Development Networking Group hosted an event titled "Pathways to a Career in Gender and Development," which brought together DC's most experienced gender and development professionals to shared information about their career paths and exciting developments in the field. The event included a panel discussion followed by an interactive knowledge café. Nine table hosts facilitated small group conversations and more than 90 people attended the event. USAID ASSIST Improvement Specialist Elizabeth Romanoff Silva facilitated a Gender Knowledge Cafe during the second part of the event, and USAID ASSIST Senior Gender Technical Advisor Dr. Taroub Harb Faramand served as a knowledge café table host, and USAID ASSIST Improvement Specialist Elizabeth Silva will co-host the knowledge café exercise.
On November 5th, the USAID ASSIST Project together with the Pan-American Health Organization, and the LAC Newborn Alliance hosted its third Spanish-language webinar in a webinar series titled “Prospects and challenges for newborn health in Latin America.”
URC participated in the 4th annual Tanzania National Quality Improvement Forum (NQIF) held in October 30th and 31st, 2014 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. As was in the past three years, URC has collaborated with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and other quality improvement partners in the country to organize the forum that brought together more than 300 stakeholders to share different quality improvement experiences.
International Student House 1825 R Street NW Washington, DC
On Wednesday, Oct. 29th, the Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG) organized a plenary to bring gender practitioners together to discuss new interventions, research, and tools in the gender sphere. More than 100 practitioners attended the event, which included three formal presentations, followed by a 5-minute presentations by members of the gender community, highlighting their new materials and work on gender in progress or completed recently.
Dr. James R. Heiby, Medical Officer in the Office of Health Systems of USAID and Agreement Officer's Representative for the USAID ASSIST Projects, presented this webinar sponsored by the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP) on his perspectives on the future of health care improvement in African health systems. In his presentation (see link to the webinar recording below), Dr.
October 11th marked the International Day of the Girl Child, an internationally recognized day designated by the United Nations to promote the rights of girls and to bring awareness to the unique challenges they face around the world. Globally, girls encounter many constraints that limit their ability to access education, to live a life free from violence, to delay marriage and pregnancy until adulthood, and to be involved in making important decisions that affect their lives.
To celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child and the work that the USAID ASSIST Project does to improve the lives of girls living in poverty everyday, we produced a blog series which highlights our gender-responsive approach, activities, and outcomes in identifying and addressing the specific needs of girls in our Vulnerable Children and Families (VCF) program using an improvement approach.
The theme of the symposium this year was the science and practice of people-centred health systems, chosen to enable participants to address current and critical concerns of relevance across countries in all parts of the world. Researchers, policy-makers, funders, implementers and other stakeholders, from all regions and all socio-economic levels, worked together on the challenge of how to make health systems more responsive to the needs of individuals, families and communities.
See below for the USAID ASSIST Staff involvement at the Symposium. Details and downloads of each presentation are provided below.