Pneumonia and Diarrhoea: How Horizontal UHC Reforms Can Address Key Childhood Killers

 Pneumonia and Diarrhoea: How Horizontal UHC Reforms Can Address Key Childhood Killers

Apr 21, 2017
04:00 - 05:30 PM

World Bank Group I Building
1850 I street
Washington , DC 20006
United States

This session as part of the Civil Society Forum at the WB/IMF Spring Meetings 2017, will explore how working towards UHC by focusing on horizontal programming and key multi-sectoral actions can and should benefit pneumonia, diarrhoea and other childhood killers. The session will explore the potential for the Global Financing Facility to increase short-term investment in health services and long-term domestic resources by using pneumonia and diarrhoea as case studies.

A Twitter discussion, one hour before the meeting, will help to identify top questions to ask panelists. Use the hashtag #biggestkillers to participate. Tweets sent during the meeting will be seen in the room during the event.

Drinks will be served after the event.


Simon Wright

Head of Health Advocacy

Save the Children

Peter Hynes

BabyWASH Coalition Coordinator

World Vision International

Kevin Watkins

Chief Executive

Save the Children UK

Claire Chase

Economist for Global Water Practice

World Bank

Dr. Mickey Chopra

Lead Health Service Delivery Specialist

World Bank

Mariam Claeson


Global Financing Facility


Mariam Claeson, M.D., M.P.H. has been the Director of the GFF since October 2016. She is a recognized expert on global health issues, with deep experience in addressing the particular challenges faced by women, newborns and children.

She previously served as the Director for Maternal Newborn and Child Health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which she joined in July 2012.  Prior to that, she was the Regional Program Coordinator for AIDS in the South Asia Region of the World Bank (2005- 2012) and the Lead Public Health Specialist in the Health, Nutrition and Population, Human Development Network of the World Bank (1996- 2004).  

Before joining the World Bank, Dr. Claeson worked with the Global Program for the Control of Diarrheal Diseases, World Health Organization (1987-1995). She has worked in clinical practice at the rural district level (Tanzania, Bangladesh and Bhutan); in national immunization and diarrheal disease control (Ethiopia 1984-1986); and, for the World Bank in health sector development programs in middle- and low-income countries, including in Egypt, Jordan, Uzbekistan, China and the Philippines and in national HIV/AIDS programs, including in Afghanistan and India.