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9:00 - 10:15 AMSession 1. Advocacy: Mechanisms to Influence Maternal and Newborn Health Policy

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Advocacy is the process of influencing those who make policy decisions, write laws and regulations, and distribute resources that affect people’s lives. Advocacy delivers deliberate messages intended to influence the thoughts, perspectives, and actions of decision makers. Through participation in this session, and presenting lessons learnt and the approach of Save the Children, participants will learn principles of building constituencies and collaborations in communities and among organizations, identify community stakeholders, identify potential partners in a community health initiative and how they could be approached so that it would in their interest to participate. Learning objectives: 1. To learn about the basic principles of advocacy and health advocacy. 2. To learn and discuss how to implement an advocacy plan. 3. Lessons learnt.

10:15 - 11:30 AMSession 2. Budget Advocacy for RMNCH Health

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Budget advocacy is a way of enabling organizations to get involved in how government resources are allocated and spent, and how these allocations address the needs of different population groups. Health budget advocacy is about lobbying and campaigning to change the way public resources are used to deliver health services. By analyzing how healthcare is funded and how budgets are drawn up, civil society groups will have more opportunity to influence how the government prioritizes health spending. Civil society organizations may want to advocate for more spending on health services generally, more funding for a specific program or policy (e.g. prioritizing maternal and newborn health services for example), or for more equitable allocation of resources across programs or regions in your country. Health budget advocacy can help identify blockages or failures in the system, as well as inequities across different diseases, population groups, levels of care, or regions. In certain contexts, the first priority for budget advocacy might be to make the public budgeting system more transparent and participatory, at national and local levels. Experience suggests that involving a broad group of stakeholders (individuals or organizations with a particular interest) in decision-making, particularly the people who will be most directly affected, can lead to better outcomes. Learning objectives: 1. To learn about the basic principles of health budget advocacy. 2. To learn about the budget cycle and advocacy opportunities.

11:30 – 12:00 AMCoffee Break

12:00- 13:15 PMSession 3. New Financing Avenues: Global Financing Facility to Advance Women's and Children's Health

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The current global momentum in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) is an opportunity to make a final push on the MDGs and ensure a solid foundation for the post-2015 work. To take advantage of this momentum and ensure more rapid acceleration toward the 2030 convergence targets, a number of challenges will need to be addressed (i.e. additional investments are needed from both domestic and international resources to close the funding gap; financing arrangements in transition countries that undermine equitable and sustained progress; poor civil registration and vital statistics systems; fragmented financing and governance cause high transaction costs. This session will provide an insight into the the Global Financing Facility (GFF) in support of the Every Woman Every Child initiative and how it can help drive the transformative change needed to prepare the road to convergence on RMNCAH. Session objectives: Familiarize the audience with the planned work on the GFF and its linkages to the SDGs and support for the global strategy of EWEC.

13:15 - 14:30 PMLunch

14:30 -16:00 PMSession 4. Case Study on Leadership: Dr. Sam Thenya: A Women's Health Pioneer

  • Speaker: Ana Langer Maternal Health Task Force/Women and Health Initiave at the Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health

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Participants will have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the challenges in effectively addressing women’s health as it relates to maternal health and gender-based violence. Through the case study, we will examine innovative care models in a Sub-Saharan African country and evaluate the protagonist’s decisions and outcomes as a way to highlight the complex nature of leading women’s health initiatives. Learning objectives: 1. Learn about the practical issues that need to be tackled to offer affordable quality services for women’s health in a developing country setting. 2. Discuss issues related to financing and sustainability. 3. Apply concepts discussed during the workshop to practical situations in real life circumstances.

16:00 - 16:30 PMSession 5. Final Remarks and Take Home Messages

16:30 - 18:00 PMSide Event: ISGlobal Annual Global Health Conference: Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Challenges and Opportunities

18:00 PMFarewell Reception