MH Policy Dialogue Series Returns!

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 Please join the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Global Health Initiative, the Maternal Health Task Force, the United Nations Population Fund, and PATH for a discussion of:


Innovations From Development to Delivery: Working With the Private Sector to Improve Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition


moderated by


Kari Stoever, Senior Advisor, Global Advocacy, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)




Hugh Chang, Director for Special Initiatives, PATH
Laura McLaughlin, Environmental Engineer, Cascade Designs, Inc
Sandhya Rao, Senior Private Sector Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)


Tuesday, March 22, 2011
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
5th Floor Conference Room
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW


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About the event

“We cannot simply seek to do more of the same…using currently available tools and technologies,” said USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah in his recent Barmes Global Health Lecture at the National Institutes of Health. In order to meet the challenges of improving maternal and child health, new tools and innovations must be developed that complement proven interventions and offer long-term solutions. The private sector’s unique capacity to develop and scale up technologies provides a significant opportunity for collaboration. The panel will discuss their experiences working across development sectors to create and disseminate innovative nutrition and health technologies for women and children and present recommendations for working with the private sector for better results.

Hugh Chang, director of special initiatives at PATH, will present examples from PATH’s 30-year history of partnering with the private sector and address the effectiveness of these collaborations in meeting the needs of mothers and children. Laura McLaughlin, environmental engineer at Cascade Designs, Inc., will present a private-sector-perspective and discuss opportunities for collaboration with NGOs and governments to improve health in resource-poor-settings. Sandhya Rao, senior private sector advisor at USAID will discuss current U.S. government strategies for promoting innovation and technology to improve health and nutrition outcomes.

About the Maternal Health Policy Series

The reproductive and maternal health community finds itself at a critical point, drawing increased attention and funding, but still confronting more than 350,000 deaths each year and a high unmet need for family planning. The Policy Dialogue series seeks to galvanize the community by focusing on important issues within the maternal health community.

The Wilson Center’s Global Health Initiative is pleased to present this series with its co-conveners, the Maternal Health Task Force and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and is grateful to USAID’s Bureau for Global Health for further technical assistance.

If you are interested, but unable to attend the event, please tune into the live or archived webcast on the Wilson Center’s website. The webcast will begin approximately 10 minutes after the posted meeting time. You will need Windows Media Player to watch the webcast. To download the free player, visit:

Location: Woodrow Wilson Center at the Ronald Reagan Building: 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (“Federal Triangle” stop on Blue/Orange Line), 5th floor conference room. A map to the Center is available at Note: Photo identification is required to enter the building. Please allow additional time to pass through security.