Melinda Gates kicked-off the first full day of the conference, highlighting the need for more and better data in women’s and girls’ health and development. After the opening plenary, the delegates split-up to attend sessions on topics relevant to their Congressman’s interests and work. They attended sessions on topics including the education, advocacy, child marriage, and role of the private sector and faith leaders in women’s and girls’ health and development. Before heading to a dinner discussion with youth leaders, the delegates stopped by the MSH booth in the exhibit hall to share what a health system means to them.
After a busy day at the conference, the delegates met with youth leaders from around the world for a dinner discussion on how young people are leading health and development efforts. The young leaders from Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, and India shared their stories and how they see youth playing a role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Their stories, especially Elizabeth’s who shared how her cousin’s HIV diagnosis inspired her to educate young women on sexual health and HIV prevention, were incredibly inspiring. The delegates left the dinner in awe of these youth leaders and the work they are doing in their countries.