Yesterday was the start of this year’s Global Health Council Conference – a week-long conference featuring voices from around the world discussing the impact of global health interventions and how the U.S. and its partners can sustain recent momentum. The theme this year, “Dateline 2010: Global Health Goals and Metrics,” is about both measuring and celebrating the achievements made over the last decade in global health and development, but also highlighting the goals – namely the Millennium Development Goals – that still need to be realized. Click here for a full schedule.
MFAN Partner Oxfam America co-hosted an auxiliary session yesterday with Management Sciences for Health (MSH) on “Can Country Ownership Work? Field Perspectives on Health Systems Strengthening.” Speakers at the event included: Paul O’Brien, vice president of policy and campaigns, Oxfam; Jonathan Quick, president and CEO, MSH; Francisco Songane, former Minister of Health, Mozambique; Dr. Sin Somuny, MEDICAM, Cambodia; Warren Buckingham, deputy director of programs, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator; and Dr. Zipporah Mang Kpamor, Chief of Party, Nigerian Indigenous Capacity Building Project, Christian Health Association of Nigeria. All of the panelists drew from rich field experience to underscore the importance of creating a national strategy for development, the result of a consultative process involving country government, civil society, the private sector, and international partners. Watch the full event below.