Webinar | Balancing the Power to Meet the Needs of ALL Women and Children

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Balancing the Power to Meet the Needs of ALL Women and Children

Inequities relating to gender, age, or socioeconomic status inhibit coverage of client-centered maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) and family planning services in countries around the world. If countries are to meet their Sustainable Development Goals and national targets, then they must work to better reach and include the voices of groups with less power and access to MNCH and family planning services.

Please join the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative, in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development’s MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership, for a panel discussion highlighting country-led strategies to improve equity and meet the needs of ALL women and children. This event is the first in our three-part series, “Elevating Country Voices in the Global Dialogue on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, and Family Planning,” and will highlight strategies and national efforts to strengthen the capacity of countries to systematically address inequities and meet the needs of under-represented groups. This expert panel will discuss the importance of addressing gender-based violence, increasing adolescent’s access to health services, and reaching zero-dose children who have not received even one routine vaccine.

Send questions for our panelists during the event to mhi@wilsoncenter.org. Follow the conversation on Twitter at @Wilson_MHI and on Instagram at @MaternalHealthInitiative using the hashtags #BalancingThePower and #MHDialogue. Find more coverage of these issues on our blog, NewSecurityBeat.org/Dot-Mom.


  • Shamsa Suleiman, Project Management Specialist-Gender and Youth, U.S. Agency for International Development, Tanzania
  • Dr. Koki Agarwal, Director, MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership; Vice President of D.C. Operations, Jhpiego


  • Dr. Dure Samin Akram, Founder and President, Health Education and Literacy Program (HELP), Pakistan
  • Dr. Chris Ugboko, Director of Gender, Adolescent, School Health, and Elderly Care Division, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria
  • Marian Pleasant Kargbo, Family Planning 2030 Youth Focal Point, Sierra Leone


  • Sarah B. Barnes, Project Director, Maternal Health Initiative