Agenda

01 JULY

12:00 – 12:30 GMT — Opening Plenary Theme: REFLECT

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the inequity and unfairness in our societies. In many countries health systems, as well as social and political structures, are under tremendous strain, unable to protect those most at risk from the direct and indirect effects of the virus. As past pandemics have too often shown, women, children, adolescents and the most vulnerable do not receive their fair share of resources and services.

The plenary’s theme, REFLECT, enables participants to consider how we can learn from our experiences of the effects of COVID-19 on our families, communities, economies and health systems, focusing on the lived experiences of those on the frontlines. The latest data and evidence on the reach, dimensions and potential impact of the crisis will clarify where we are now, and where we are collectively going.

  • Introduction and welcome: Mercy Juma, broadcast journalist, BBC Africa
  • Opening cultural performance: Nazeem, musical artist
  • Welcome and opening remarks: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization, Chair of the H6
  • Purpose and objectives for the summit: Helga Fogstad, Executive Director, PMNCH and Lisa Hilmi, Executive Director, CORE Group
  • Summit orientation and introductory activity: David Roberts, Executive Director, theDifference
  • Keynote address: Narjes Shiraghaei, Head of the Midwifery Association in Mazandaran Province, Iran
12:30 – 13:30 GMT — Leadership Dialogue

Geo-politics and leadership are cross-cutting dimensions that have great bearing on the COVID-19 response, and on the pandemic’s broader impact. In this opening panel, Rt. Hon. Helen Clark – PMNCH Board Chair and former Prime Minister of New Zealand – will moderate an interactive dialogue with key leaders from government, international organizations, civil society and academia. The discussion will centre on the power and potential of good leadership for successfully responding to COVID-19, and what actions can be taken to shore up commitments to women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health and well-being. On behalf of the 1,000 partners of PMNCH, Helen Clark will also launch a Call to Action on COVID-19, calling on governments to take urgent action in seven key areas to protect and promote the health and rights of women, children and adolescents.

Keynote speech. Agenda for action: The Rt Hon Helen Clark, PMNCH Board Chair, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

Panel. Lives in the balance: Leadership, action and hope for a world in crisis

Moderator: The Rt. Hon Helen Clark, PMNCH Board Chair, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

Presenters:

  • K.K. Shailaja, Minister of Health, Kerala State, India
  • Gabriela Cuevas Barron, President, Inter-Parliamentary Union
  • Mark Dybul, Co-Director, Center for Global Health Practice and Impact, Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University
  • Joannie Bewa, Founder, Young Beninese Leaders Association, Interim Board Chair, Women in Global Health
13:30 – 13:35 GMT — “Firestarters” for REFLECT Breakouts

Room 1: EVIDENCE. COVID-19 and impact on the health of women, children and adolescents
Firestarter: Joy Lawn, Professor, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Queen Dube, Head of Pediatrics, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Malawi

Room 2: SETTINGS. Protecting the most underserved: women, children and adolescents in humanitarian and fragile settings
Firestarter: Marleen Temmerman, Professor Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Director Women’s Health, Faculty of Heath Sciences, Aga Khan University

Room 3: PREPAREDNESS. Protecting the most underserved: women, children and adolescents in humanitarian and fragile settings
Firestarters: Ahmed Arale, Secretariat Director, CORE Group Polio-GHSA Project Kenya/Somalia and Sophie Harman, Professor of International Politics at Queen Mary University of London

Room 4: PEOPLE. Voices of the affected: the many ways in which COVID-19 is changing our lives
Firestarters: Aparajita Gogoi, National Coordinator, White Ribbon Alliance, India and Maya Rodriguez, Youth Leader, International Planned Parenthood (IPPF) – Western Hemisphere

13:35 – 14:15 GMT — Breakout Sessions: REFLECT

Room 1: EVIDENCE. COVID-19 and impact on the health of women, children and adolescents

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The COVID-19 emergency is proving to be much more than a global health crisis: it is a human crisis causing both immediate and long-term social and economic impacts. Women, children and adolescents are experiencing restricted access to health-care services, inability to engage in livelihoods, education setbacks, and increased exposure to interpersonal violence in the home, all exacerbated by socioeconomic constraints. In this session, participants will look closely at the evidence on current and projected impacts of COVID-19 on women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health, including access to high-quality essential services.

Presenters: Joy Lawn, Professor, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Room 2: SETTINGS. Protecting the most underserved: women, children and adolescents in humanitarian and fragile settings

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Asylum seekers, refugees and the internally displaced, especially those living in high-density settlements, are especially vulnerable to the health risks of COVID-19. This session will reflect on the social and health dynamics of fragile settings and how these affect people in the context of COVID-19, including issues of gender, employment, access to health-care services and safety. The session will also address the need for real-time data, and the importance of disaggregated data, evidence-based action and universal health coverage.

Presenter: Marleen Temmerman, Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Director, Women’s Health, Faculty of Heath Sciences, Aga Khan University

Room 3: PREPAREDNESS. Protecting the most underserved: women, children and adolescents in humanitarian and fragile settings

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Women, children and adolescents experience the COVID-19 pandemic uniquely.This session will reflect on the strengths of existing networks and community platforms for women, children and adolescent groups, as well as how the pandemic has revealed risks that were previously obscured. We will hear from dynamic leaders, including a high-level academic from the UK and a community-based pandemic preparedness leader from Kenya. The session will highlight the experience and evidence gained so far, to inform new preparedness and response planning as the pandemic continues. 

Presenters: Ahmed Arale, Secretariat Director, CORE Group Polio-GHSA Project Kenya/Somalia and Sophie Harman, Professor, International Politics, Queen Mary University of London

Room 4: PEOPLE. Voices of the affected: the many ways in which COVID-19 is changing our lives

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The multiple implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on the well-being of women, children and adolescents are being increasingly reported and documented. These include issues around livelihoods; food security; mental health; domestic violence and safety and security; autonomy, decision-making and mobility; sexual and reproductive health and rights; and access to information, products and services, including education and health. However, much more needs to be done to reflect the lived realities of women, children and adolescents, in global and national advocacy and policy responses. This session will foster dialogue about how to amplify these voices in the short- and long-term responses to COVID-19.

Presenters: Aparajita Gogoi, National Coordinator, White Ribbon Alliance, India and Maya Rodriguez, Youth Leader, International Planned Parenthood – Western Hemisphere

14:15 – 14:30 GMT — Break: Gentle Yoga and Meditation

COVID-19 has taken a significant psychological toll, increasing stress and anxiety. Yoga and meditation are proven to help emotional and physical well-being. Join us for a short session of self-care and learn breathing tips and simple stretches to help navigate these challenging times.

Presenter: David Ito, David Ito Healing

14:30 – 15:15 GMT — Plenary Theme: SHARE

How can post-pandemic global health systems be rebuilt with more robust protections and provision for women, children and young people? This theme enables participants to share innovative community, national, regional and global solutions and best practices to address the current impact of the crisis on women, children and adolescents. It will focus on evidence-based solutions that can be taken forward to improve and safeguard societies and systems, now and for the future.

Key discussion points: David Roberts, theDifference and Mercy Juma,BBC Africa

  • Rapid-fire summary from each of the REFLECT breakout discussants
  • Interactive conversation/ polling about the findings
  • Framing comments on SHARE: Mercy Juma
  • Video
  • “Firestarters” from SHARE breakout presenters
15:15 – 16:00 GMT — Breakout Sessions: SHARE

Room 1. Solutions enabling continuity of women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health services during the pandemic

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During times of crisis, essential health services often decline, which can ultimately kill more people than the pandemic itself. How can we maintain essential services in times of crisis? This session will share solutions for continuity of women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health services during COVID-19 through two rapid case studiesSelf-care: interventions for SRH and Community health: PPE & interventions for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health.  

Presenters: Tapiwa Mukwashi, Senior Manager, Supply Chain, Village Reach and Annie Portela,Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, World Health Organization

Room 2: Solutions enabling a coordinated response to COVID-19 across actors and sectors

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented in the varying response across nations. Poor response has led to increased COVID-19 cases, political divisiveness, and confusion of a clear path forward. However, some countries have succeeded at a coordinated response, through the actions of governments, civil society, UN, media, private sector, youth, and other stakeholders, to work together for women, children and adolescents, as well as the broader community. In this session we will share several solutions of coordinated response that has led to improved health services, accurate health information, innovative approaches through cohesive response, and discussions on how these solutions have impacted women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health.

Presenters: Karla Berdichevsky, Director General of the National Center for Gender Equality and Reproductive Health, Ministry of Health, Mexico and Amos Mwale, Executive Director, Centre 4 Reproductive Health and Education.

Room 3: Solutions for fighting the “infodemic” of misinformation

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The COVID-19 response has been accompanied by an overabundance of information, making it difficult to distinguish between accurate, reliable information and rumours and misinformation. False information, such as unfounded medical advice, can create confusion and is harmful to public health. This session will share examples of effective campaigns to combat misinformation and to drive demand for rights and services. How might these examples be scaled for engagement on a variety of platforms which are accessible to a variety of audiences, including those with limited access to technology, lower literacy levels, disabilities and/or other needs?

Presenters: Jonathan Ahadi Luhango, Capacity Building Officer, Democratic Republic of the Congo Country Office, Translators without Borders and Rosamund Lewis, Head, Smallpox Secretariat, World Health Organization

Room 4: Solutions to strengthen accountability for the hard-to-reach

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Trying harder to listen and respond to the voices of those left behind will make them less hard to reach. How do we improve our accountability to the most underserved, including those living in conflict settings, urban slums and remote areas? How do we amplify the voices of the most vulnerable and often unheard populations, particularly those discriminated against because of their gender, race or disabilities, to empower them to participate in the accountability process of monitoring, review, remedy and action? This session will provide insights into accountability opportunities and challenges, in order to address inequities and reach those hardest to reach. We will discuss strategies and solutions for improving social accountability, giving people’s voices and experiences a prominent place in the accountability cycle to ensure their needs are addressed and rights realized, during COVID-19 and beyond.

Presenters: Gita Sen, Member, Independent Accountability Panel for Every Woman, Every Child, Every Adolescent, Director and Distinguished Professor, Ramalingaswami Centre on Equity & Social Determinants of Health, Public Health Foundation of India and Walter Flores, Director, Center for the Study of Equity and Governance in Health Systems, Guatemala

16:00 – 16:30 GMT — Closing Plenary
  • Sharing headlines and discussion from breakouts
  • Interactive activity: showing the connections
  • Video
  • Slam poetry: Jermoni R. Benson, Poet, DC SCORES
16:30 – 17:00 GMT — Networking

Join fellow participants to chat and continue conversations sparked by the day’s events. Rooms are based on PMNCH’s COVID-19 Call to Action, which advocates ways to protect and promote the health and rights of women, children and adolescents through strengthened political commitment, policies and domestic resource mobilization and financing, supported by official development assistance.

Room 1. Sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (SRMNCAH) services, supplies, information and demand generation, including for contraception, immunization, safe delivery, stillbirths and mental health  

Room 2. Advancing sexual and reproductive rights and gender equality

Room 3. High-quality care, including respectful and dignified care, and effective community engagement and redress mechanisms

Room 4. Recruitment, equal and fair pay, and safe working conditions, including protective personal equipment, for frontline health workers, notably midwives and nurses 

Room 5. Social protection, including food and nutrition security, for marginalized and vulnerable groups, and enhanced data to better understand and address disparities experienced by adolescents, refugees, the internally displaced, migrants, indigenous communities, persons living with disabilities and others (this room includes International Sign Language for the deaf and the hard-of-hearing)

Room 6. Functional, safe and clean toilet and hand-washing facilities and potable water, with a particular focus on health-care centres, schools and centres for refugees and internally displaced persons

Room 7. Prevention of violence against women, children and adolescents through education and protection programmes

Room 8. French speakers

Room 9. Spanish speakers

02 JULY

12:00 – 12:30 GMT — Opening Plenary

  • Welcome to new participants, greetings to returnees and recap of day 1: Mercy Juma, broadcast journalist, BBC Africa
  • Pata Pata songAngélique Kidjo, Unicef Goodwill Ambassador
  • Summit orientation, energizer and outline for day 2: David Roberts, Co-Founder, theDifference
  • Introduction of keynote speaker: Helga Fogstad, Executive Director, PMNCH
  • Keynote speaker: Maziko Matemvu, youth advocate, HeR Liberty Malawi
12:30 – 13:00 GMT — Plenary Theme: COLLABORATE AND ACT

This theme aligns the planning and activating of a joint response to the current crisis, in order to enhance the protection of women, children and adolescents and their access to essential services. This session will formulate a way to forge an effective collective response, while simultaneously advocating for measurable change.

  • Introduction to the theme: Mercy Juma, BBC Africa
  • Keynote: Antoinette Cooper, Founder, Black Exhale
  • Conversation on racial injustice and health inequities, Antoinette Cooper and Mercy Juma
  • “Firestarters” from COLLABORATE AND ACT breakout presenters
13:00 – 13:45 GMT — Breakout Sessions: COLLABORATE AND ACT

Room 1. Financing to deliver high-quality SRMNCAH services and supplies to women, children and adolescents

COVID-19 is producing disastrous socioeconomic consequences for countries and families all over the world. The global annual financing shortfall for SRMNCAH is estimated to be US$ 33 billion and risks becoming greater because of funds being diverted to the COVID-19 response. This session will address responses to the current crisis to enhance the protection of women, children and adolescents, including innovative financing mechanisms to fill the funding gap for SRMNCAH. The discussion will also address how economic responses and financial protection measures need to address the needs of the most vulnerable so as to leave no one behind.

Presenter: Anuradha Gupta, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance Joy Phumaphi, Co-Chair of the UN Secretary-General’s Independent Accountability Panel for Every Woman, Every Child, Every Adolescent

Room 2. National multisectoral platforms

The current unprecedented global health crisis is affecting all parts of society, changing lives and damaging livelihoods. While attention is now focused on those most immediately affected by the virus, there are many indications that the COVID-19 pandemic will have long-lasting social, cultural, economic, political and multidimensional impacts on whole societies. Adopting a multistakeholder and multisectoral approach to address women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health and well-being is now more vital than ever. Such an approach enables the strengthening of national coordination, alignment and accountability, by building on existing efforts and avoiding duplication. This session will foster dialogue about concrete action to engage all sectors in the COVID-19 response in order to address the needs of women, children and adolescents. 

Presenters: Sid Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator, Kenya and Jan Willem Scheijgrond, Vice-President, Global Head, Government and Public Affairs, Royal Philips

Room 3. Youth and digital engagement

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the huge variation in responses to the needs and well-being of adolescents and young people in different communities. The pandemic has also highlighted failures to engage young people in issues that affect their well-being, and to reach young people with much needed information and access to services. This session will allow participants to identify opportunities to build on current engagement strategies, promote co-learning across platforms and generations and develop capacity for young people to engage strategically at community level as part of the response to the pandemic.

Presenters: Oluwatoyin Chukwudozie, Education as a Vaccine, Nigeria and Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization

Room 4. Innovative solutions to address violence against women and children during COVID-19 and beyond

Violence against women and children worldwide is a human rights violation that has devastating consequences. In 2020, the pre-existing pandemic of violence collided with the pandemic of COVID-19. While real-time data on domestic violence are limited, reports in many countries by police and service organizations suggest a disturbing global trend. This session will focus on innovations to prevent and respond to violence against women and children. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen provider organizations and policy-makers connecting across borders to share challenges and solutions. Born of necessity, some of these innovations may remain relevant for responses to violence against women and children, even when the pandemic is past.  

Presenter: Flavia Bustreo, Co-Chair, Lancet Commission on Gender-Based Violence and Maltreatment of Young People

13:45 – 14:15 GMT — Plenary: Marketplace Introduction

  • Welcome back: Mercy Juma
  • Interactive engagement moment: David Roberts
  • Debrief: presenters from COLLABORATE AND ACT breakout (15 minutes)
  • Reaction to share back from COLLABORATE AND ACT: Mercy Juma
  • Video
  • Explain marketplace direction: David Roberts
14:15 – 15:15 GMT — Marketplace

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 theme.

Themes for the Marketplace are:
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, group problem solving and in-depth conversations.

Please see here for a detailed list of presentations.

15:15 – 15:45 GMT — Break: Gentle Yoga and Meditation

COVID-19 has taken a significant psychological toll, increasing stress and anxiety. Yoga and meditation are proven to help emotional and physical well-being. Join us for a 30-minute session of self-care and learn breathing tips and simple stretches to help navigate these challenging times.  

Presenter: David Ito, David Ito Healing

15:45 – 16:30 GMT — Closing Plenary

This session will enable participants to share what they have learned and to voice how they would like to see the outcomes of the sessions applied to benefit their work and partnerships at the national and community levels.

  • Interactive session and overall Summit statistics: David Roberts
  • Moderated conversation with: Aditi Mukherji, Policy Engagement Coordinator, YP Foundation, India; Susan Wakarura Kihika, Senator, Nakuru County, Kenya and Muhammad Ali Pate, Director of Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF)
  • Final goodbyes: Helga Fogstad, Lisa Hilmi and Mercy Juma
  • Closing cultural performance: Nazeem
16:30 – 17:00 GMT — Virtual Happy Hour / Networking

Join fellow participants to chat and continue conversations sparked by the day’s events.