On Wednesday, May 18, the delegates had an early morning as they met with USAID Bureau for Global Health’s Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator Jennifer Adams for a candid breakfast conversation on the successes, challenges, and impact of USAID’s global health programs.
The meeting helped set the stage for another jam-packed conference day discussing women’s and girls’ health and development issues. While Tuesday’s sessions focused on providing an overview of women’s and girls’ issues, Wednesday’s sessions gave the delegates an opportunity to delve deeper into these topics, especially on topics important to their Congressman and constituents. The delegates learned about the current Zika epidemic, men’s role in women’s and girls’ health, and more, throughout the day. Women Deliver, and the other study tours we have hosted, afford congressional staffers with the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in global health issues and learn about the impact, successes, and challenges of international development.
The day concluded with a dinner discussion with the UN Foundation and UNFPA on reproductive health and family planning priorities and the impact reproductive health access has on women and girls.