Delivering on the Promise of Multisectoral Collaboration

By: Sharon D'Agostino, Johnson & Johnson; Saundra Pelletier, Woman Care Global; and Katja Iversen, Women Deliver; Originally posted by Devex

No individual, organization or sector can solve major global health and development challenges alone. But how we can work together to improve the health, rights and well-being of women and girls everywhere?

That question was at the center of a recent conversation between Women Deliver CEO Katja Iversen, Woman Care Global CEO Saundra Pelletier and Sharon D’Agostino, vice president of corporate citizenship at Johnson & Johnson. Read more...

WD Board Member Saundra Pelletier Speaks with NY Times

Women Deliver Board member and WomanCare Global CEO Saundra Pelletier recently spoke with Adam Bryant at The New York Times on leadership, management and career advice. When asked about leadership roles growing up, Pelletier noted that " high school, I was passionate about creating a different mind-set around women and the worth of women and girls because there was a sense that there were only domestic choices: who you married and how many kids you would have. So I tried to encourage girls to create the life that they want. That’s something I still carry with me. I have a big invisible chip on my shoulder around deciding what balance is for you and what success is. Don’t apologize for it, and you can have more than just one good aspect of life." Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Social Franchising for Affordable, Quality Health Care

By: Joanna Hoffman, Women Deliver

In Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, the maternal mortality rate of 359 out of every 100,000 live births is nearly double the rate for the entire country, 212 out of every 100,000 live births. This is largely due to economic disparities—the poor have limited access to skilled health care providers at a cost they can afford. The Merrygold Health Network (MGHN) has been  through a network of private health care providers using a social franchise model. Read more...

Partner Spotlight: The Private Provider is Essential to Improving the Health of Women and Children

By: Susan Mitchell, Vice President, International Health, Abt Associates and Director, Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector Project

Often overlooked, the private provider is essential to improving the health of women and children.

We’ve passed the 1,000-day mark to meet the Millennium Development Goals, and it is clear we need to bring all our resources to bear if we are to come close to achieving our goals. Effective engagement of the private sector is key. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Private Sector Provides HIV Testing

By: Harshi Hettige, Women Deliver

A study by SHOPS Project shows that the private sector plays a vital, although varied, role in addressing the HIV pandemic. There is less data on private health providers that offer HIV counselling and testing, however research reveals that this approach should be celebrated and taken advantage of as a solution. Doug Johnson and Xi Cheng conducted research in 18 developing countries and analysed data from 2005 to 2011. Read more...

The Evolving Role of the Private Sector in Global Health

By: Jeffrey L. Sturchio, Rabin Martin and Dr. Adel Mahmoud, Princeton University; Originally posted on Huffington Post

Why is it that we can buy Coca-Cola beverages virtually anywhere, when basic health products like oral rehydration therapy or condoms are unavailable in many of those same places? As discussed in a recent Princeton Seminar on Global Health, the answer to this question and others may lie in applying the relevant expertise of the private sector to new health initiatives through public-private partnerships for the improvement of global health. Although global health was historically dominated by UN agencies and bilateral organizations, new partnerships with the private sector have emerged since the 1990s. Read more...


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