Innovating for Every Woman, Every Child

“Towards sustainable partnerships and business models”

Date: 21 SEPTEMBER 2011 12:00 –2:00 p.m.
Private sector luncheon>br> Venue: Harvard Club of New York
Audience: 40 participants. The meeting will convene private sector leaders from various business sectors and other commitment-makers to Every Woman, Every Child.
Hosts: Merck, GE Healthcare, Intel, Wellbeing Foundation of Nigeria, Government of Norway (NORAD), Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Children’s Health, United Nations Foundation.


The meeting aligns with the launch of the Report “Innovating for Women and Children”, as part of the Global Campaign on Health MDGs. It aims to:

  • Learn: Extend an opportunity for the hosts to provide more details and nuances to their individual commitments to Every Woman, Every Child and opportunities for partnerships going forward . Also, allow for other private sector leaders to discuss and share their own commitments.
  • Dialogue “Towards sustainable partnerships and business models” Create a forum to explore connections and areas of overlap between current commitments with particular attention placed on how to foster progress and implementation at the country level through partnerships between the private sector and local governments.
  • Develop: Identify Shared Value proposition and build consensus toward maintaining a strong focus on effective private sector engagement in women’s and children’s health moving from pilots to sustainable partnership models with global health stakeholders.


12:05 – 12:10 Welcome and introductions (Ted Turner, United Nations Foundation-TBC)

12:10 – 12:15 “Every Woman, Every Child” overview (Bob Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy and Planning-TBC)

12:20 – 12:40 Host Remarks and Presentation (3-5 Minutes each)
Commitments to health and the diversity of private sector engagement to improve women’s and children’s health..

Merck Signature Initiative on Maternal Mortality (Naveen Rao, Lead Signature Initiative, Merck)

GE Healthcare (Jay Ireland, CEO GE Africa)

Intel Corporation (Mike Gann, Intel World Ahead Program)

Mobilizing a country’s private sector: Nigeria (Toyin Saraki, President, Wellbeing Foundation)

12:40 – 13:20 Dialogue on partnerships, innovations and sustainable business models.
Table-level dialogue focusing on improving capacities to address health challenges, fostering sustainable development, and promoting institutional change through new innovations and partnerships.

The five tables in the room will have the following leads:

  • Tore Godal, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Norway
  • Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director General, WHO
  • Diane Whitty, Exec. Director, The Philanthropy Center, JP Morgan
  • Janet Voute, Senior Vice President for Public Affairs, Nestle
  • Mikkel Frandsen, Chief Executive Officer, Vestergaard Frandsen

13:20 – 13:50 Reports Back and Discussion

13:50 – 2:00 Opportunities Going Forward(Carole Presern, Director PMNCH)