Passing the Baton in Global Health

December 6, 2019  |  8:30 AM - 6:00 PM ET

FHI 360 Conference Center
1825 Connecticut Avenue, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20009


This year's symposium will explore a number of themes and considerations that get to the heart of what it will mean – for all actors – to #DemocratizeGlobalHealth. To achieve health for all people, national health programs must be driven by country strategies, local leadership, and domestic resources rather than external donors or partners. 

This approach requires passing the baton from international and bilateral agencies to stakeholders on the frontlines. A revolution in global health thinking will require finally adopting new ideas or goals and shifting our joint narratives and campaigns moving forward. 

Now is the time for the global health community to change the status quo and commit to different models driven from the ground up. You should attend, if you are a global or national decision-maker in global health, ready to challenge the status quo and contribute to advancing a new architecture that supports models led from the ground up. See you there!


9:00 am          Welcome

9:15 am          Opening Keynote 

9:30 am           Community Dialogue: How do you #DemocratizeGlobalHealth?

10:00 am        Frontline Perspectives on Local Ownership

11:15 am        Passing the Baton: Rhetoric versus Reality

12:15 pm        Q&A with US Agency for International Development (USAID)

12:30 pm        Lunch

1:15 pm          Breakout Sessions: Actionable ideas and aspirations for the future

3:00 pm          Setting a Way Forward

3:30 pm          Closing Ceremony

4:00 pm          Networking Reception

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Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions are intended to facilitate small group discussions that generate actionable ideas for how to move beyond critical sticking points in global health policies, programs, and communications. Specifically, we want to make recommendations for major U.S. or other initiatives and their readiness for true country or community ownership.

Session 1: U.S. Global Health 3.0: Exploring Policy Proposals to Support Program Transitions
Country ownership will require global health policies and programs that allow for local leadership and resources. How might current legislation or strategy be improved to facilitate this shift? What are some examples of new government initiatives that put countries or communities in the driver's seat to fulfill goals? This session will be an opportunity to discuss working proposals for the next big idea in global health.

Session 2: The Big Lift: Tackling Structural Challenges to Country Ownership
This session will be a focused discussion to reflect on the morning panels and surface recommendations for proposed metrics related to USAID’s Journey to Self-Reliance framework. What challenges and opportunities do these standards and metrics pose to programs on the ground? What structural elements are required to ease implementation and evaluation of these metrics for all stakeholders?

Session 3: Speaking their Language: Building the Communications Narrative with Local Partners
How do we as a community tackle the tensions that exist in the conversations around self-reliance and country ownership? How does this framing help or hinder locally-driven planning and evaluation? Do we allow partners to talk openly about their success in terms of systems changes, in addition to disease silos? Is there room for honesty in communicating program setbacks? This session will push us to have the hard conversations about what this narrative shift really means.


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