Busy Fall Sharing HP+'s Work Across the Globe
November 15, 2015
The past few weeks have been busy for the project, as we've been sharing our work at international conferences and forums across the globe. Curious what we were discussing? Catch our recap below.
Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference, Mexico City
HP+, represented by Dr. Tewodros Bekele, senior technical director for maternal health, actively participated in the first Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference held in Mexico City from October 18 – 21, 2015. This conference brought together more than 1,000 policymakers and technical experts from countries, United Nations (UN) agencies, donors, researchers, and implementing partners. Dr. Tewodros participated in panel discussions focused on innovations and innovative maternal and newborn health policies; the Global Financing Facility for Every Woman, Every Child (for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health); and strengthening accountability, measurement, and data use during the sustainable development goal era.
Use of the OneHealth Tool to Inform National Strategic Plans and Investment Cases meeting, Geneva, Switzerland
Arin Dutta, HP+ senior technical director for health financing, participated in a meeting of UN agencies, donors, and implementers in Geneva from November 10-12, 2015 to discuss future use of the OneHealth tool (PDF), and to agree on recommendations for its use to support strategic planning. The meeting also provided a forum for participants to share updates on new capabilities of and ongoing developments with the tool, and to discuss future capacity-building needs and processes. The meeting had rich representation from country teams, mostly from Ministries of Health, who shared their experiences using the tool to analyze the costs and impact of national and health program strategies. The meeting ended with next steps for decision-making at the Interagency Working Group (UN plus partners) and a call for continued, future cooperation for the OneHealth tool and its use to design better and implementable health strategies.
Catalyzing Global Action to Eliminate Stigma and Discrimination in Healthcare meeting, Geneva, Switzerland
Laura Nyblade, HP+ senior technical advisor on stigma and discrimination (S&D), attended and presented at a meeting convened by the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the World Health Organization, and the Global Health Workforce Alliance in Geneva from November 10-11, 2015. The United States government was represented by colleagues from USAID, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator. HP+ and LINKAGES were the two implementing partners present. Key objectives included to
- Take stock of ongoing initiatives, strategies, commitments, and actions for measuring and reducing S&D in healthcare settings, particularly HIV-related
- Strengthen collaboration in support of the implementation of the upcoming UNAIDS Strategy 2016-2021 and WHO’s Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030
- Outline key elements of an action plan to end HIV-related S&D in healthcare settings, harmonized with wider initiatives
Ms. Nyblade shared the work HP+ staff led under the Health Policy Project (HPP) to develop a standardized and validated tool for measuring S&D in health facilities and the indicators that emerged from that work, which are now approved by the UNAIDS-convened monitoring and evaluation reference group. As a next step, meeting organizers will lead the development of a Platform to Stop Discrimination in Health, which will prioritize accountability, political impact, and implementation.