Above: An Indian couple listens carefully to a community health worker, as she discusses the advantages and side effects of modern family planning methods. (Courtesy of Mubeen Siddiqui/MCSP.)

February 27th: Addressing Critical Health System Barriers to Improve RMNCAH Services

Posted January 30, 2018


Efforts to improve global health cannot be achieved without stronger health systems. In the 2017 Acting on the Call report, USAID estimated that investments in evidence-based health system strengthening activities could contribute to saving the lives of 5.6 million children and 260,000 women from 2016 to 2020 in priority countries.

Join the Wilson Center and MCSP for a discussion on health systems strengthening in the pursuit of improved reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health services globally.

Participants are encouraged to use the hashtags #MHDialogue and #CareforHSS to tweet about the event before and/or on February 27.


Tuesday, February 27th
9:00 – 11:00 am EST

Doors will open at 8:30 am and coffee and pastries will be served from 8:30 – 9:00 am. The discussion will begin promptly at 9:00 am.


Wilson Center, 6th floor auditorium
Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C.


  • Moderator: Joan Mower, Head of Development, Voice of America
  • Opening remarks: Grace Chee, MCSP Health Systems Strengthening and Equity Team Lead
  • Dr. Koki Agarwal, MCSP Director
  • Dr. Mariam Claeson, Director, Global Financing Facility, World Bank
  • Dr. Birhanu Getahun, MCSP/Liberia Technical Director
  • Dr. Stephen Mutwiwa, MCSP/Rwanda Chief of Party
  • Lee Pyne-Mercier, Senior Program Officer, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Kelly Saldaña, Director, Office of Health Systems, USAID Global Health Bureau
  • Mary Taylor, Global Health Technical Expert


To register, click here.

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