Study Tour

Telling the Story of Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health
Congressional Staff Study Tour, Women Deliver 2016 Conference
May 13 – 20, 2016

The Women Deliver conference is the world’s largest global convening to focus on the health, rights and well-being of girls and women. The conference brings together thousands of policymakers, donors, activists, young people, providers, and journalists from the highest levels to the grassroots to review progress, discuss challenges, and push for new and ambitious commitments toward improving the lives of girls and women.

The 2016 Conference will focus on HOW to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) so they matter most for girls and women, and ensure that girls and women’s health, rights and wellbeing are at the center of development.

Congressional communications staffers will receive a comprehensive maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) education by participating in an MSH-organized Global Health 101, the Women Deliver 2016 Conference, and attending private briefings with senior NGO, private sector and government representatives. Each evening the Congressional staff will attend dinner briefings on topics including:  reproductive health, youth engagement, private sector partners, role of faith communities and communications technology.  They will return to Washington with a better understanding and ability to tell stories about the impact of reducing maternal mortality on women, families, communities and local economies.   Post study tour activities will include a Congressional briefing, a meeting with USAID Washington and participation in public events.

Study tour delegates will

  1. Gain a thorough MNCH education by:
    • participating in a global conference on the connection between SDGs and women & girls health
    • attending sessions on a range of issues, including maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights, and interconnected topics such as non-communicable diseases, nutrition, education, environment, and the economic and political empowerment of girls and women
    • meeting with private sector representatives about their goals for investing in maternal health
    • meeting with NGO and government officials to hear the impact of USAID-funded MNCH projects worldwide
  2. Enhance their MNCH story telling skills by:
    • learning effective strategies for communicating MNCH issues through meetings with senior communications professionals from the USG, NGO and private sectors
    • learning how to address partisan issues
    • networking with journalists from the Global South to hear how they cover MNCH issues in their home countries

Primary Tour Sponsor:
Management Sciences for Health (MSH)