Conversations swirling at the 72nd UN General Assembly reminded me of one of my favorite sayings: what you water, grows. Across 44 programs in 26 countries, I’ve seen first-hand how investing in women raises the status of entire families, communities – and, ultimately, nations.
So it was with hope that I listened to USAID Administrator Green announce growth of the President's Malaria Initiative – to four new countries in West and Central Africa, and across Burkina Faso – and the governments of South Africa and Kenya share news of a breakthrough in access to HIV treatment. Such collective efforts in our shared values allow all boats to rise.
This month, a workshop in South Africa hosted by USAID in collaboration with MCSP also focused on the critical role of health information systems in ending preventable child deaths. And we joined other global leaders at the World Sepsis Congress to share information on maternal and neonatal sepsis, a major cause of death and morbidity in the countries where we operate.
We hope you’ll join us next month at the 2017 Water and Health Conference, where our experts will share successful approaches to improving healthcare worker and caregiver hygiene around the day of birth, and be on hand to discuss the Clean Clinic Approach.
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Koki Agarwal, MD, MPH, DrPH