Johannesburg, South Africa
“Advancing community health is central to achieving sustainable development and universal primary healthcare. The foundations of community health within the context of primary health care are increasingly recognized as crucial components of national policies and strategies to accelerate progress in health. We need to further integrate community health approaches into national and local health policy and systems in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the implementation of the new UN Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health”.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and USAID's flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), will host a four-day conference focused on supporting countries to strengthen partnerships with communities as resources to transform the future and ensure that every mother, newborn, and child not only survives, but thrives. It is considered one of the largest gatherings held around community health in years with 350 of the world’s leading health experts from nearly 40 countries convening at the event.
The Conference will focus on:
- Sharing state-of-the-art lessons and experience;
- Enabling country stakeholders to share progress and identify solutions to persistent challenges;
- Informing national policies and plans though evidence, success, and adaptive learning; and
- Engaging communities as dynamic resources and agents within national and local systems.
Anticipated outcomes of the conference include:
- Advancing the understanding of the opportunities and challenges – financial and human resources, programmatic, socio-political – for institutionalizing viable and resilient platforms for community health investments;
- Learning from community health programs in diverse systems contexts, with documented processes and impact on comprehensive RMNCAH issues;
- Forging new and strengthening existing partnerships between governments, civil society (i.e. international and local NGOs, professional associations, academia), private sector, and other relevant development partners, to leverage new resources and achieve results with equity, shared accountability, and national ownership;
- Developing country-specific action plans for addressing priority issues/challenges to guide country action and harmonize donor support around those actions; and
- Prioritizing learning themes within and across countries towards a comprehensive learning agenda to inform community health policies and programs.
Engaging with the conference:
There are multiple opportunities to participate and engage with the conference:
- Leading up to the conference, join the #HealthForAll Twitter chat on March 14 at 9am ET to discuss community health and how it helps us achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and universal primary healthcare. Download the Twitter Chat Toolkit to see the questions and more information.
- Promote key community health messages on social media before and during the conference to build momentum, and follow #HealthForAll throughout the conference for live updates. Download the Social Media Toolkit for messaging and graphics.
All conference plenary sessions will be broadcast live:
- Monday, March 27, 8:30 – 10:00 | What Now? Community Health in the SDG Era
- Monday, March 27, 13:00 – 14:30 | Implementation of Community Health Policies and Strategies: Country Evidence and Experience
- Tuesday, March 28, 8:30 – 10:00 | Sustainable Financing for Community Health
- Tuesday, March 28, 14:00 – 15:30 | Multi-Stakeholder and Multi-Sectoral Partnerships to Elevate Community Voice: Principles and Country Models
Check back soon on the Livestreaming page of the conference website for more information.
Take livestreaming to the next level by hosting or joining a viewing party. Gather together with colleagues and fellow global health advocates and remotely participate in the conference, share information, expand knowledge, and discuss important issues in community health.
Download the Viewing Party Toolkit for simple instructions on how to host a party.
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