Educating US policymakers on maternal and child health

Altrena Mukuria at the congressional briefing on May 25, 2010.

Altrena Mukuria at the congressional briefing on May 25, 2010.

May 2010

The Infant & Young Child Nutrition (IYCN) Project’s Altrena Mukuria educated lawmakers, policymakers, and global health colleagues on the role of health systems strengthening in reducing maternal and child mortality and morbidity in low-income countries during a May 25 congressional briefing in Washington, DC. The briefing—“Is Health Systems Strengthening the Answer to Improving Maternal Health?”—is the first in a new policy discussion series organized by PATH, the Global Health Council (GHC), and Management Sciences for Health (MSH).

Dr. Mukuria highlighted the important work being done by the IYCN Project to improve health systems and increase the capacity of health workers, as well as how health systems are integral to improving the health of women and children throughout the world. Panelists joining Dr. Mukuria for the discussion included Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI), Richard Greene of the US Agency for International Development, and Dr. Paul Waibale of MSH. Dr. Jeff Sturchio, the GHC’s president and CEO, moderated the discussion. Speakers discussed how health systems strengthening not only creates better health programs but also increases utilization of health services at community, regional, and national levels.

Visit the PATH website to learn more about the briefing and the policy series.