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The 75th UN General Assembly 2020

Pathfinder is pleased to join the thousands of leaders, advocates, health care providers, young people, and others who will gather virtually from September 15-30 for this year’s UN General Assembly and related events. Join us for these important conversations.


Reimagining Method Choice in the Era of Self Care

Wednesday, September 16 | 8:00-9:15AM EDT  |  Register here

Join the Method Choice Community of Practice, led by the Evidence to Action (E2A) Project, for a webinar on two important areas for ensuring women and couples can make decisions about contraception that are voluntary, client-centered, informed, and supported. Discover recent innovations in products and practices that enable women and girls to have more active participation in their health. Hear from experts and implementers with concrete examples from their work in Benin and Rwanda. With remarks by Rita Badiani, MSc, Director of the Evidence to Action Project, USAID’s flagship for strengthening family planning and reproductive health service delivery. Moderated by Eric Ramirez-Ferrero, PhD, MPH, Technical Director of the Evidence to Action Project, led by Pathfinder. International


Health System Resilience: How are Francophone Countries Planning for a Post-COVID World?

Monday, September 21 | 10:00-11:30 AM EDT | Register here

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic brought to the forefront a global need to support and invest in strong and resilient health systems. The impact of COVID-19 on French-speaking countries is significant, especially in fragile countries, whose social systems are less robust and are likely to face more difficulties, with the risk of seeing a substantial part of their population fall into extreme poverty. Without strong fundamental health systems, countries are struggling to both respond to the pandemic and continue to provide essential health services resulting in reversals of gains made in anti-natal care, maternal health interventions, and basic immunizations. Join us as we explore how Francophone countries are planning for a post-COVID world. Read more.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Valerie Kumgang, Deputy Director for Emergency Response, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Dr. Frank Tankoano, AmplifyPF Chief of Party
  • Dr. Marie-Claude Mbuyi, DRC Deputy Country Director, Pathfinder International

COVID-19: Why Communities Should be the Focus to Reduce the Impact in Africa

Wednesday, September 23 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM EDT / 3:30 – 5:00 PM WAT | Register here

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic once again brought to the fore the global need for to support and invest in strong and resilient health systems. Investments in community health are key to respond to COVID now, minimize forthcoming negative health impact due to the disruption of services, and set-up countries for success, including achieving UHC, in the future. Governments at all levels, civil society groups, donors, grassroots organizations, and foreign assistance programs must work together to ensure that COVID-19 only slightly bends the health systems in low- and middle-income countries rather than break them. So how do we do it?

The Health System after the COVID Pandemic: Policies and Investments Needed to Support Frontline Health Workers

Thursday, September 24 | 10:30 AM-12:00 PM EDT | Register here

COVID-19 is upending health systems and health workforces across the world. In low- and middle-income countries especially, the pandemic has diminished access to essential health services, threatening to reverse decades of progress in global health. A strong and resilient frontline health workforce is critical for a country to continue to provide access to essential services and prevent, detect, and respond to global health threats like COVID-19. This event will galvanize countries to make and uphold commitments to the frontline health workforce and discuss how investments in the workforce now can set countries up to manage their populations’ health needs in a post-pandemic world.

Join a panel discussion moderated by HRH2030 Project Director Wanda Jaskiewicz, featuring:

  • Patrick Ndimubanzi, Executive Secretary for the Human Resource for Health Secretariat, Rwandan Ministry of Health
  • Tabinda Sarosh, Pakistan Country Director, Pathfinder International
  • Dr. Diana Nambatya Nsubuga, Deputy Country Director, Living Goods, Uganda
  • Michael Kapps, Founder & CEO, Vitalk/TNH Health, Brazil, and winner of the HRH2030 Health Workforce Resilience Prize
  • Opening Remarks: Polly Dunford, President & CEO, IntraHealth International
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tom Frieden, President and CEO, Resolve to Save Lives

Decolonizing Global Health: Perspectives from Nurses and Midwives

Friday, September 25 | 9:00-10:00 AM EDT | Register here

Nurses and midwives will share their perspectives on what it will take to deconstruct the narratives, structures, and policies that perpetuate social inequality including racism, colonialism, sexism, and problematic power dynamics inherent in global health.

Tune in to hear from:

  • Crystal Lander, Executive Director Global Affairs, Pathfinder International
  • Dr. Edward Kumakech, Associate Professor of Nursing and Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Lira University
  • Judy Khanyola, Chair, Center for Nursing and Midwifery, University of Global Health Equity
  • Margaret Phiri, Nursing and Midwifery Advisor, Seed Global Health
  • Michelle Drew, President, Black Coalition for Safe Motherhood and Executive Director, Ubuntu Black Family Wellness Collective
  • Tembi Mugore, Senior Advisor, IntraHealth International

VIEW THE FULL UNGA CONFERENCE PROGRAM HERE >