75th United Nations General Assembly

September 15, 2020 12:00am EDT to September 30, 2020 11:55pm EDT
The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism

IntraHealth International is virtually joining the 75th United Nations General Assembly to highlight the role of health workers in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and in delivering essential services everyone deserves.

COVID-19 is upending health systems and health workforces around the world—and threatening to reverse decades of progress in global health. But even before the pandemic, the world was facing a shortage of 18 million health workers by 2030. COVID-19 is now endangering the lives and health of health workers we can’t afford to lose.

IntraHealth and the Frontline Health Workers Coalition will convene and participate in several virtual side events to advocate for immediate investments and policy changes to support and protect the frontline health workforce, particularly in low- and middle income countries. Please join us for the Zoom webinars below. Registration is required.

Our Participation

Featured Event

The Health System after the COVID Pandemic: Policies and Investments Needed to Support Frontline Health Workers
Date(s): Thursday, September 24, 10:30am EDT
Presenter(s): Join the Frontline Health Workers Coalition and member organizations Chemonics, IntraHealth International, Living Goods, Management Sciences for Health, and Pathfinder International for an exciting discussion focused on how investments in the health workforce today can better position countries to meet their populations’ health needs in a post-pandemic world.

IntraHealth president and CEO Polly Dunford will open the session and lead a fireside chat with Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and current president and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives. Wanda Jaskiewicz, global project director of the HRH2030 Program, will then moderate a discussion with experts from around the world. Frontline health workers will close the session with their own calls to action. Learn more and register here.

Virtual Events

Obstetrics during and after COVID-19: Delivering for Women and Babies
Date(s): Thursday, September 17, 9:00am EDT
Presenter(s): The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on access to and availability of maternal and neonatal health services. Unlike some medical interventions and surgeries, safe delivery (including those requiring Cesarean sections) cannot be postponed. Mothers in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are likely to face additional challenges in accessing quality care like antenatal checkups and safe delivery. This 90-minute webinar hosted by The G4 Alliance with the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, Jhpiego, and IntraHealth, will address challenges and highlight promising solutions. Madeleine Mukeshimana, IntraHealth's MNH specialist for USAID-funded Ingobyi activity will be a panelist. Register here.
Health System Resilience: How Are Francophone Countries Planning for a Post-COVID World?
Date(s): Monday, September 21, 10:00am EDT
Presenter(s): *This webinar will be in French with English translation* Please join Intrahealth International, Pathfinder International, and Women in Global Health for an important discussion with donor, government, and civil society experts on COVID-19 in Francophone Countries. IntraHealth's Moctar Diallo will share how the Strengthening Civil Society Engagement for Family Planning in West Africa (CS4FP) project is supporting civil society actors as partners in the COVID-19 response. Register here.
Stopping a Global Pandemic Without Water? How WASH is a Neglected Critical Element of Health Security
Date(s): Thursday, September 24, 8:30am EDT
Presenter(s): Health facilities across many low- and middle-income countries are ill equipped to deal with outbreaks and thwart the spread of infection. Join Management Sciences for Health, the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, and Global Water 2020 for a discussion on how to address gaps in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and how to prioritize and invest in solutions. Laurie Garrett will give a keynote speech. Vanessa Kerry of Seed Global Health will close with a Call to Action. Margaret Odera, a community health worker in Kenya trained by IntraHealth in storytelling, will share what it's like to not have access to WASH services in her facility and community. Register here.
Decolonizing Global Health: Perspectives from Nurses and Midwives
Date(s): Friday, September 25, 9:00am EDT
Presenter(s): Hear nurse and midwife leaders share their perspectives on what it will take to deconstruct the narratives, structures, and policies that perpetuate social inequality, including racism, colonialism, sexism, and problematic power dynamics inherent in global health. Seed Global Health, the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, IntraHealth International, and the Nurses Lead | Midwives Lead campaign partners host. IntraHealth's Tembi Mugore will highlight the need to transform nurse and midwifery curricula to ensure it meets a country's specific health needs and to address gender barriers keeping nurses and midwives from assuming leadership roles in the health sector. Register here.


Moctar Diallo

CS4FP Project Director

Polly Dunford

President and CEO

Stembile Mugore

Senior Advisor for Health Sector Performance and Sustainability

Madeleine Mukeshimana

MNH Specialist, Ingobyi Project

Margaret Odera

Community Health Worker, Mathare North Health Center, Kenya