6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Addressing Critical Health System Barriers to Improve RMNCAH Services

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USAID’s 2017 Acting on the Call Report estimates that investments in evidence-based health system strengthening activities across 25 priority countries would save the lives of 5.6 million children and 260,000 women from 2016-2020. USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) supports delivery of high-impact reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) services in 25 USAID priority countries. 

There is broad recognition that efforts to improve global health cannot be achieved without stronger health systems. Sustained improvement of RMNCAH outcomes cannot be achieved through a standalone program or individual interventions. It requires high-quality delivery of a complex set of clinical interventions at all levels of the health system from the community to the hospital level, effective referral systems that minimize delay in care and missed opportunities, strong information systems that identify potential problems and enable informed management decisions, and sustained leadership that coordinates available resources to resolve problems. Strengthening health system structures and processes is critical to ensure that high quality RMNCAH services can be sustained at scale. Additionally, addressing health system barriers coupled with specific service delivery targets can provide a strong framework for measuring system strengthening outcomes.

Join the Wilson Center and USAID's flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) on February 27 for a discussion on health systems strengthening in the pursuit of improved reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health services globally.

Coffee and pastries will be served from 8:30 to 9:00 am. The panel will begin promptly at 9:00 am.

Media guests, including TV crews, are welcome and should RSVP directly to Sarah.Barnes@wilsoncenter.org. Media bringing heavy electronics MUST indicate this in their response so they may be cleared through our building security and allowed entrance. 

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  • Joan Mower

    Head of Development and Training, Broadcasting Board of Governors, Voice of America


  • Grace Chee

    Health Systems Strengthening and Equity Team Lead, USAID's flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program
  • Dr. Koki Agarwal

    Director, USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program, Jhpiego
  • Dr. Mariam Claeson

    Director, Global Financing Facility
  • Dr. Stephen Mutwiwa

    Chief of Party, USAID's flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program, Rwanda
  • Lee Pyne-Mercier

    Senior Program Officer, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Dr. Birhanu Getahun

    Technical Director, USAID's flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program, Liberia
  • Kelly Saldaña

    Director, Office of Health Systems, USAID Global Health Bureau
  • Mary Taylor

    Global Health Technical Expert