The unveiling of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 signaled a new era in global health characterized by country leadership scaling up high-impact health interventions to meet national goals. The aim of a country-led scale up is to achieve widespread and sustainable impact, requiring both highly effective coverage of the population in need and institutionalization of key systems supports to sustain these expanded services. When both are achieved, interventions not already part of routine practice — such as the use of chlorhexidine for umbilical cord care, postpartum family planning, and case management of child illness at the community level — can contribute to country efforts to meet SDG targets.
With this in mind, MCSP and the Wilson Center hosted a discussion May 16th on how countries can effectively scale up high-impact health interventions to meet their national health goals. Speakers included Ministry of Health representatives from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Nigeria as well as global development leaders and academics.
Opening Remarks / Dr. Jim Ricca, MCSP Learning and Implementation Science Team Leader
Panel I: Country Perspectives
- Moderated by: Nefra Faltas, Child Health Advisor, Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, USAID
- Dr. Abosede Adeniran, Director/Head, Child Health Division, Family Health Department, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria (Invited)
- Dr. Jimmy Anzolo Mongonda, Provincial Program Team Lead, MCSP/Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Dr. Jean Fidèle Ilunga Mubayi, National Coordinator of Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illnesses (IMNCI), Ministry of Health, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Invited)
- Dr. Felix Sayinzoga, Maternal Child and Community Health Division Manager, Ministry of Health, Rwanda (Invited)
- Dr. Olayinka Umar-Farouk, Senior Newborn Specialist, MCSP/Nigeria
- Dr. Jacqueline Umunyana, Senior Program Learning and Scale Up Advisor, MCSP/Rwanda
Panel II: Global Perspective
- Moderated by: John Borrazzo, Deputy Director, Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, USAID
- Larry Cooley, President Emeritus, Management Systems International; Curator, Global Community of Practice on Scaling Development Outcomes
- Laura Ghiron, Vice President, Partners in Expanding Health Qualty and Access; Member of the ExpandNet Secretariat
- Amanda Glassman, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
- Dr. Stephen Hodgins, Associate Professor for Global Health, University of Alberta; Editor-in-Chief, Global Health: Science and Practice
Closing Remarks / Dr. Koki Agarwal, MCSP Director
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