Recap: May 26 – Day 2, Sunday

Sunday started with The Global Health Landscape roundtable, which discussed the landscape of global health development and what is being done today and what is needed for the future. The panel discussed how US investments in global health protect national security, build partnerships, demonstrate moral leadership, and improve public diplomacy. Speakers Mandy Moore and Jonathan Quick, and panelists Barbra Bush, Robert Clay, and Karl Hofmann also discussed the progress and challenges of current global health programs.

In the afternoon, a regional briefing on health in South and Southeast Asia was held. Regional experts briefed study tour delegates on the health status of countries in South and Southeast Asia with a special focus on maternal and child health. The briefing addressed the diversity of the countries and their health needs and what health progress has been made in the region, while also identifying the health challenges that remain.

After the regional briefing, delegated attended a roundtable discussion on US Global Health Engagement: Trends and Opportunities. The discussion highlighted how global health provides the US with opportunities to address some of the most important international challenges and discussed the fundamentals of US government engagement in global health, including what the US has done well and what future priorities should be.

In the evening, delegates attended a reception, co-hosted by MSH and PSI, with special guests US Ambassador to Malaysia Paul W Jones, Barbara Bush, and Mandy Moore. The reception highlighted public-private partnerships and how both public and private organizations can better confront global health challenges together.

Lively discussions arose during the day's roundtables.

Lively discussions arose during the day’s roundtables.

Mandy Moore and a tour delegate during the evening's reception.

Mandy Moore and a tour delegate during the evening’s reception.

The study tour delegates, Mandy Moore, and US Ambassador to Malaysia Paul Jones at the reception.

The study tour delegates, Mandy Moore, and US Ambassador to Malaysia Paul Jones at the reception.

 

Recap: May 25 – Day 1, Saturday

After disembarking twenty (or more) hour flights, and doing some whirl-wind sight-seeing around Kuala Lumpur, the study tour kicked off in Malaysia on Saturday May 25th with a meeting to discuss the activities and main objectives for the week. Women Deliver President Jill Sheffield spoke to the group about the Women Deliver 2013 Global Conference and the importance of maternal health and women’s issues. The learning objectives for this trip were also addressed, stressing how the Malaysian government’s health investments, particularly in maternal health, have led to sustainable, wide-spread impact throughout the country.

MSH staff and tour delegates bond and sing some karaoke before the start of a very busy week!

MSH staff and tour delegates bond and sing some karaoke before the start of a very busy week!