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Event Held 1 – 2 JULY 2020

12:00 – 17:00 GMT • 8:00 – 13:00 EDT

Organizations and individuals around the world have been tirelessly responding to the outbreak of this crisis. It is now time to reflect collectively and learn how best to address the COVID-19 pandemic, plan for recovery and prepare for future challenges.


12:00 – 12:30 GMTOpening Plenary Theme: REFLECT
12:30 – 13:30 GMTLeadership Dialogue
13:30 – 13:35 GMT“Firestarters” for REFLECT Breakouts
13:35 – 14:15 GMTBreakout Sessions: REFLECT
14:15 – 14:30 GMTBreak: Gentle Yoga and Meditation
14:30 – 15:15 GMTPlenary Theme: SHARE
15:15 – 16:00 GMTBreakout Sessions: SHARE
16:00 – 16:30 GMTClosing Plenary
16:30 – 17:00 GMTNetworking

12:00 – 12:30 GMTOpening Plenary
12:30 – 13:00 GMTPlenary Theme: COLLABORATE AND ACT
13:00 – 13:45 GMTBreakout Sessions: COLLABORATE AND ACT
13:45 – 14:15 GMTPlenary: Marketplace Introduction
14:15 – 15:15 GMTMarketplace
15:15 – 15:45 GMTBreak: Gentle Yoga and Meditation
15:45 – 16:30 GMTClosing Plenary
16:30 – 17:00 GMTNetworking


The Lives in the Balance COVID-19 Summit for the Health and Well-Being of Women, Children and Adolescents is an opportunity for participants to:

REFLECT on the global response to COVID-19 and collectively consider how to prepare for the healthy recovery that the world needs.

SHARE best practices for COVID-19 response with a variety of stakeholders, including how agencies and organizations have rapidly adapted their activities during the pandemic while maintaining high-quality programming and communications.

COLLABORATE and ACT to forge a path forward with innovative approaches, new partnerships and an energized community, working together to advance the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents.


  • Free
  • Open to the public
  • Plenary sessions translated to French, Spanish, and International Sign Language
  • Plenary accessible for the deaf and hard-of-hearing


Marketplace presentations will be made in a breakout-style session, with three presentations per room. Each presentation will last 20 minutes, including Q&A.  Marketplace presentations share new tools, innovations, projects and topics relating to a specific theme.


Room 1: Youth Engagement
Room 2: Nutrition and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Room 3: Sexual and Reproductive Health / Family Planning
Room 4: Digital Health
Room 5: Digital Health

This session format encourages diverse feedback, small group problem solving and in-depth conversations.


The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) is the world’s largest alliance for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health, bringing together over 1,000 partner organizations across 192 countries. Since its inception, PMNCH has worked to forge and strengthen partnerships and drive momentum towards the attainment of global targets for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health.

CORE Group’s mission is to improve and expand community health practices for underserved populations, especially women and children, through collaborative action and learning. CORE Group’s membership is composed of over 180 US- and internationally-based NGOs, faith-based organizations, private sector institutions, academia and individuals, collectively working to advance community health policy and implementation.


Anita Sharma, Summit Coordinator; Alboum Translators; InterpreterNow; David Ito Healing; and Lopez Designs


We invite you to attend this virtual summit in a spirit of curiosity, friendliness, open-mindedness, and respect. At this PMNCH and CORE Group hosted virtual event, we will not tolerate harassment in any form.

At Lives in the Balance: A COVID-19 Summit, YOU AGREE TO:

  • Avoid aggressively pushing your own services, products or causes.
  • Respect confidentiality requests by speakers and other attendees.
  • Use respectful language in the chats and breakout rooms


Invasion of privacy, including taking screenshots of conversations or posting personal details about someone else without their permission.

  • Being disruptive or threatening.
  • Intimidating, harassing, abusive, defamatory, profane, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning speech.
  • Harmful or prejudicial verbal or written comments or visual images related to personal characteristics.
  • Deliberate intimidation or stalking.
  • Harassing photography or recording.
  • Abuse of power (including abuses related to position, wealth, race or gender)

Photography Consent
Summit organizers will take photos of attendees throughout the conference. These photos are for PMNCH and CORE Group use only and may appear on the organizations’ websites, newsletter, conference brochures, social media outlets, or other future promotional material.

By virtue of your attendance, you agree to usage of your likeness in such media.