Webinar: How can business advance adolescent health?


In September 2015 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon launched the Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health, aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The inclusion of adolescents in the Global Strategy was a recognition that greater emphasis needs to be placed on this age group in global health and development, and that if we fail to harness their tremendous creativity and potential, we are unlikely to achieve the vision of the SDGs and the Global Strategy.

However, multiple challenges are still faced by youth today. Glaring inequities exist between adolescent girls in developing countries and those in developed countries, while high rates of adolescent pregnancy, youth unemployment and lack of education continue to challenge far too many adolescents. Now more than ever, we must work collaboratively to address the needs of adolescents and ensure that young people can effectively help implement the SDGs. The business sector, as a key driver of social and economic progress is called on to help advance adolescent health and wellbeing.

Join us on December 8 from 9h30-11h00am EST/ 3h30-5pm CET for a dynamic webinar featuring business representatives, youth and development partners. During the webinar we will hear about current challenges facing adolescent health, learn about on the ground actions being driven by the private sector and explore opportunities for greater impact. We will also hear about some of the exciting initiatives being spearheaded by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health’s (PMNCH) new Adolescent & Youth Constituency to drive advocacy, accountability and meaningful engagement for adolescents and youth in support of Every Woman Every Child, the Global Strategy and the SDGs.

Panelist Speakers

  • Natalie Africa, Senior Director, Private Sector Engagement, Every Woman Every Child
  • Elizabeth Benomar, Officer in Charge, Senior Technical Advisor, HIV Branch, UNFPA
  • Dr. Valentina Baltag, Scientist, Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, WHO
  • Gogontlejang Phaladi, Botswana, Chair, PMNCH Adolescent and Youth Constituency
  • Dr. Michalina Drejza, Poland, Member, PMNCH Adolescent and Youth Constituency
  • Klaus Brill, Vice President, Global Healthcare Programs, Bayer
  • Julie Cornell, Program Manager, Johnson & Johnson
  • Avi Joseph, Relationship Manager, Vitality Strategic Programs, Discovery
  • Zubaida Bai, CEO and Founder, Ayzh Inc.
  • Dr. Emanuele Capobianco, Deputy Executive Director, PMNCH

This event is co-hosted by UN Foundation, PMNCH and APHA in support of Every Woman Every Child