JSI at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference

May 15th, 2019 | news


For four decades, JSI has worked to improve maternal and reproductive health services, eliminate gender-related health disparities, and advance the health of women and girls worldwide. At this year’s Women Deliver conference from June 3-6 in Vancouver, Canada, JSI staff will share insights and successes from their work at the vanguard of international women’s health.

Join us at the panel discussions below and visit us at Booth #652 to learn more about our work to improve the health of women and girls around the world.

If you won’t be attending Women Deliver, follow @JSIHealth and #WD2019 on Twitter for conference updates. Ch

Featured sessions:

What If Women Drove the Product Journey for Essential Health Supplies?
Monday, June 3, 9-11am | Room 116-117, 1st Level WEST Building | Vancouver Convention Centre
This interactive session focuses on unique successes where women are front and center in shaping the product journey from manufacturer to consumer, overcoming constraints related to local markets, social norms, policies, and supply chains to deliver what women want and need. Panelists and participants, including Ethiopia State Minister of Health Dr. Lia Tadesse and JSI International Division Vice President Carolyn Hart, will explore how we can harness client-driven approaches to disrupt the status quo for equitable, sustainable change and better health outcomes. Breakfast will be served.

Hosted by JSI, the UN Foundation, White Ribbon Alliance, Kasha, the Government of Ethiopia

What Works: Using Evidence from the World’s Largest Family Planning Programs to Reach Global Goals
Monday, June 3, 1-3pm | Room 118 | Vancouver Convention Centre
Join experts from some of the last decade’s largest and most impactful family planning programs, including Liz Creel of JSI’s Advancing Partners & Communities project, to discover what’s worked. We’ll dig into four areas that have increased contraceptive prevalence, prevented maternal deaths, and accelerated progress toward achieving FP2020 targets, universal health coverage, and the sustainable development goals.

Hosted by four global projects funded by USAID: Evidence to Action (E2A) Project; Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP); Advancing Partners & Communities Project (APC); and Post-Abortion Care Family Planning Project (PAC-FP)

Optimizing Performance Without Power: The Role of CHWs in delivering RMNCH
Monday, June 3, 3-5pm | Room 306 | Vancouver Convention Centre
Female community health workers form the most important foundation of health systems, yet there is limited attention to the power and status they hold in their communities. Since female CHWs do not receive salaries commensurate with the time they invest in their work, their sense of empowerment is linked with their intrinsic motivation. In this discussion, JSI Senior Technical Advisor Merce Gasco and fellow panelists speak to the following questions: What does it take to build a stronger, more empowered community health workforce, and how can this enable us to achieve a better continuum of RMNCH care?

Hosted by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Oxford Policy Management

How Women Deliver Health to Communities: Elevating Voices of Women at the Frontlines of Community Health
Wednesday, June 5, 7-8:30am | Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Princess Louisa Room | 900 Canada Place, Vancouver
Featuring Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq of Pakistan and facilitated by JSI staff member Folake Olayinka, this session will highlight the voices of women frontline health workers engaged in immunization, polio eradication, and RMNCH efforts globally to explore the influence of gender on health, social, and economic outcomes in the community. Breakfast will be served.

Hosted by the Maternal and Child Survival Program, The Communication Initiative, CORE Group

What Do Men Have To Do With It? The Merits of Male Engagement
Thursday, June 6, 5-7pm | Room 212 | Vancouver Convention Centre
Join JSI Project Director Liz Creel and fellow panelists in exploring how engaging men and boys can help improve family planning outcomes. We will share lessons learned from APC/Uganda and IRH activities that address meaningful engagement of men and boys. Participants will be invited to provide input on a draft do’s and don’t for engaging men and boys from USAID’s Male Engagement Task Force and play a sample of games developed by IRH.

Hosted by JSI/Advancing Partners & Communities, co-hosted by Georgetown University Institute for Reproductive Health and USAID’s Male Engagement Working Group

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