Recap: Day 4 – Wednesday, February 18

The delegates spent their last day in South Africa¬†gaining a better understanding of capacity building and community development from a national level. While in Pretoria, delegates started their day with a briefing with US Embassy and USAID Mission staff. During this interagency briefing, delegates learned how different US government agencies coordinate and engage in South Africa’s health and development.

After meeting with Embassy and USAID staff, the delegates traveled to the National Department of Health to meet with Chief Director Gavin Steel and Deputy Director General Terrance Carter. Steel and Carter updated the delegates on the National Department of Health’s¬†2030 plan, which includes creating a national health plan; increasing life expectancy; reducing maternal, newborn and child morbidity; addressing non-communicable diseases; and reducing accidents and violence. Delegates also learned how the National Department of Health is addressing health systems strengthening and donor partnerships and investments.

The delegates’ final day in South Africa concluded with a Public Private Partnership Reception. During this reception, delegates conversed with public and private sector leaders and implementers and celebrated the importance of interdisciplinary and multisectoral partnerships for health and development.

Clockwise from top left: MSH Country Representative Bada Pharasi opens the reception; guests engage in conversation; delegates and US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Catherine Hill-Herndon. Photo credits: Johanna Theunissen & Bright Phiri/MSH.

Clockwise from top left: MSH Country Representative Bada Pharasi opens the reception; guests engage in conversation; delegates and US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Catherine Hill-Herndon. Photo credits: Johanna Theunissen & Bright Phiri/MSH.

MSH Country Representative Bada Pharasi, delegates and MSH Policy & Advocacy Director Crystal Lander. Photo credit: Johanna Theunissen/MSH.

MSH Country Representative Bada Pharasi, delegates and MSH Policy & Advocacy Director Crystal Lander. Photo credit: Johanna Theunissen/MSH.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s update as the delegates head to Lusaka, Zambia for the remainder of the study tour!

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