2017 conference

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Special Conference Features: Launch of the Global Adolescent Action for the Health of Adolescents, AA-HA! Report and the PMNCH/Women Deliver Advocacy Toolkit

Welcome and Remarks

  • Dr. Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director-General for Family, Women’s and Children’s Health, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Helga Fogstad, Executive Director, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH)
  • Dr. Helen Scott, Executive Director, Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH)

Welcome and Remarks from the Government of Canada and Honourary Conference Chair 
Honorary Chair, The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau
Minister of International Development and La Francophonie


Harnessing the Transformative Power of Adolescent’s Health & Well-being to Achieve the SDGs 

Today’s 1.2 billion adolescents represent critical agents of change required to advance the Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health and achieve the full ambition envisioned across the Sustainable Development Goals. In a time of shifting demographics, this power will only be harnessed through the inclusive promotion of adolescents’ health and well-being. Our investments in adolescents today will lay the ground work for a more prosperous, equitable and sustainable future for all, with the potential to yield substantial dividends. Through these keynote remarks, the UN Deputy Secretary-General will frame adolescents’ health and well-being within the broader development landscape and highlight the transformative power to be unlocked through targeted investments and collective, country-led action.

  • Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations

Young Leaders: The Driving Force Behind Adolescent Health
Youth are powerful agents of change. They transform policies, programs, and communities for the better. In this interactive dialogue, young leaders will provide an overview of each of the four conference pillars (sexual and reproductive health and rights, nutrition, mental health, and data) and they will share their experiences in moving the needle forward on adolescent health and wellbeing in their own communities.

Moderator: Dr. Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, Department of Reproductive Health Research, World Health Organization

  • Reina Foster, Plan International Canada, Lac Seul First Nation, Canada
  • Gogontlejang Phaladi, PMNCH Adolescent and Youth Constituency, Botswana  
  • Irem Tumer, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Turkey / US
  • Anthony Lopez, Women Deliver Young Leader, Philippines

Using Accountability to Advocate for Adolescents
What are the ingredients needed to develop functional accountability mechanisms that monitor, review and act against organizational, global and national commitments? This interactive session will provide participants with resources to help build stronger advocacy and accountability mechanisms, including highlighting an innovative program of data collection from youth themselves through UNICEF’s U report.

Moderator: Dr. George Patton, Chair, Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing and University of Melbourne, Australia

  • Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, Co-Director & Inaugural Robert Harding Chair, SickKids Centre for Global Child Health and Founding Director, Centre for Excellence in Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University
  • Caroline Riseboro, President & CEO, Plan International Canada
  • Marion Cosquer, UNICEF’s U Report Youth Participant, France

Session Presentation


Behavioral Change Interventions to Address the Health and Nutritional Needs of Adolescents
This session will explore new models of outreach targeting adolescent girls to positively influence health seeking behaviour and nutritional status including: (1) social media interventions through mobile phones; (2) strengthening the role of grandmother groups in Sierra Leone; and (3) Adolescent-Friendly Health Corners in Bangladesh.

Moderator: Dominic Schofield, President of Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

  • Dr. Bridget Aidam, Research and Evaluation Advisory, Nutrition, World Vision International
  • Dr. Mandana Arabi, Director, Business Platform for Nutrition Research, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
  • Laura Reichenbach, Senior Associate & Deputy Technical Director, The Evidence Project, Population Council

Session Presentation


Youth in Action 

Despite adolescents and youth being the largest beneficiary of, and important actor in, realizing global agendas, they are often the most impacted by issues of health, education, climate change and conflict. Frequently, they have limited decision-making in their own homes and limited inclusion in economic and political spheres of their countries. The time is now to ensure that youth are the voice to define and realize their needs. This session will hear from youth around challenges they faced as adolescents or youth taking action, share best practices for success and demonstrate how best to support young change makers.

Moderator: Tikhala Itaye, PMNCH Adolescent and Youth Constituency

  • Tiyahna Ridley-Padmore, Ontario Council for International Cooperation, Global Change Maker Youth Ambassador, Canada
  • Danait Mehreteab, Community Engagement Officer, RESULTS Canada
  • Zila Vela Llanto, Vice-President, “Yo Tambien Tengo Algo que Decir” (I too have a something to say), Peru

Session Presentation


Closing the treatment gap: Innovation in Adolescents’ Mental Health
This session will showcase innovative approaches for improving treatments and expanding access to services for adolescents in low resource settings and situations of chronic adversity. These include a school-based mental health curriculum in Guatemala and a behavioral intervention for war affected youth in Sierra Leone. Further the session will explore how to take innovations like these and bring them to scale for broader implementation.

Moderator: Dr. Karlee Silver, Vice President, Programs, Grand Challenges Canada

  • Dr. Shekhar Saxena, Director, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization
  • Dr. Arun Ravindran, Director of Global Mental Health Affairs, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Theresa Betancourt, Associate Professor of Child Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Bethel Aklilu, Conference Youth Council

Session Presentation


Comprehensive Sexuality Education for Adolescents
*Please note parts of the session will be offered in English and Spanish only

This session will look at different ways to deliver comprehensive sexuality education for adolescents with an evidence-based and age appropriate approach, including through institutional mechanisms, programs in schools in Indigenous Maya communities, and new media tools to reach and engage young, tech savvy audiences.

Moderator: Dr. Patti Tracey, Global Health Researcher, Trent University, Canada

  • Dr. Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, Department of Reproductive Health Research, World Health Organization
  • Ana Emilia Nimatuj, Project Coordinator, Association for Health Promotion Research and Education, Guatemala
  • Stephanie Tholand, Director of Program and Partnership Development, Population Media Center

Session Presentation


Launch of Frameworks for Adolescents

Moderator: Gogontlejang Phaladi, PMNCH Adolescent and Youth Constituency, Botswana

AA-HA! Movement

  • Flavia Bustreo, World Health Organization

PMNCH-Women Deliver Advocacy Toolkit Launch

  • Tikhala Itaye, PMNCH Adolescent and Youth Constituency, Malawi

Young Women and Girl Leaders on SRHR “We Won’t be Left Behind”

This session will frame sexual and reproductive health and rights(SRHR) by discussing barriers to access and rights for adolescents. It will then highlight examples of innovative opportunities for improving access to SRHR information and adolescent responsive services, including around access to different methods of contraception. Speakers will delve into the innovative approaches taken by young women which address multiple and intersecting forms of marginalization and discrimination.

Moderator: Malayah Harper, General Secretary, World YWCA, Geneva

  • Jamie Medicine Crane, young Canadian Indigenous leader
  • Mtisunge Kachingwe, young leader from Malawi
  • Yadanar, young  leader, co-founder of Ny Ma Lei, Myanmar

Power of Partnership for Adolescent Health

  • Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan, Chair of Every Woman Every Child Every Where

The Role of Positive Masculinities in Addressing Gender Inequality
This session will explore positive masculinities in addressing social and cultural norms that perpetrate inequality and the role of men and boys to be part of the solution in addressing gender inequality, including gender-based violence. Featured young male leaders from around the world who have contributed to transforming attitudes and behaviours around gender equality and violence in their own countries and communities will speak to challenges and best practices in making men and boys champions of women’s and girl’s issues that are everyone’s issues.

Moderator: Terry Duguid, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Status of Women

  • Cassandra Morris, Health Bridge Foundation of Canada, Canada
  • Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu, Women Deliver Young Leaders, Cameroon
  • Patrick Mwesigye, PMNCH Adolescent and Youth Constituency, Uganda
  • Austin Henderson, Plan International Canada Youth Advisory Council Member, Canada

Session Presentation


Convening Global Leadership to Unleash the Power of Adolescents

This session will convene global leadership around how to galvanize action on the global roadmap of adolescent health and wellbeing and realize progress towards achieving the SDGs and Global Strategy targets. Drawing from diverse regional perspectives, the conversation will focus on how adolescents themselves can be empowered to be part of the solution to drive this agenda forward and how global leadership can support this.
Moderator: Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development

  • Princess Sarah Zeid, Jordan
  • Peter Sheifke, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Youth)
  • Mr. Chandra Kishore Mishra, Secretary Health and Family Welfare, Republic of India, and PMNCH Co-Chair

Day 1 Closing Remarks


Adolescent Girls in Disaster and Conflict: Implications and Actions for Girls’ SRHR

  • Natalia Kanem, Deputy Executive Director, Programmes, UNFPA

Session Presentation


Effects of Armed Conflict on the Mental Health of Adolescents
The direct experiences of an adolescent growing up in Iraq during a time of conflict who will speak to the effect of armed conflict on mental health of adolescents and the opportunities lost and found.

  • Abdulahalnaser Dhurgham Naser, Student, Baghdad University, Iraq

Mental Health for Adolescents: A Call to Action

Mental health issues are the leading causes of death and disability in youth globally. New knowledge from neuroscience and public health is transforming our understanding of why most mental health problems affect youth. This knowledge forms the foundation for an evidence based approach to preventing mental health problems through an inter-sectoral approach, with young people at the heart of the agenda.

  • Dr. Vikram Patel, Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Session Presentation


How do we pay for this? Financing Adolescent Health
This interactive discussion will address actions needed to secure equitable, gender responsive investments for adolescent health. It will present recent findings that support a positive return on investments for adolescent health, discuss how to pay for the SDG and EWEC targets, and look at financing on development through both the funding arm of the Global Strategy, the Global Financing Facility, and complimentary and parallel financing mechanisms which will be important to address financing gaps in humanitarian and fragile settings.

Moderator: Julia Sánchez, President & CEO, Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC)

  • Ambassador Marc-André Blanchard, Canada’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations
  • George Patton, Chair, Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing and University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Mariam Claeson, Director, Global Financing Facility
  • Dr. Emanuele Capobianco, Deputy Executive Director, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

Session Presentation


Unlocking Potential: Scaling Up Nutrition for Adolescents
Nutrition is key to unlocking the potential of millions of adolescents. Improved nutrition is at the crux of sustainable development initiatives from gender empowerment to poverty alleviation, and educational achievement. Recognizing both the fundamental importance of scaling up nutrition and the significant challenges in reaching adolescents with nutrition interventions, this panel of experts will offer first-hand insight into strategies for overcoming barriers and opening doors to improved nutrition. Key areas of focus will include: data and gender gaps, evidence-based solutions to scaling up nutrition for adolescents, and building community support for nutrition interventions.

Introduction Remarks: Joel Spicer, President &  CEO, Nutrition International
Moderator: Katja Iversen, President & CEO, Women Deliver

  • Gerda Verburg, Assistant United Nations Secretary-General and Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Coordinator
  • Luz Maria De-Regil, Director of Research and Evaluation and Chief Technical Advisor, Nutrition International
  • Tsedey Teklemichael Haile, Adolescent Nutrition Project Coordinator, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Session Presentation


Investing in Adolescent Health and Climate Crisis

Moderator: Linda Beyer, Senior Program Specialist, Maternal and Child Health, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

  • Brad Kerner, Adolescent Reproductive Health Advisor, Save the Children US
  • Mark Redwood, Vice President, Water, Sanitation & Environment, Cowater International Inc.
  • Paul Jelfs, Head of the Population and Social Statistics Division at the Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Anneka Knutsson, Chief of Branch, SRH, UNFPA

Adolescent Mental Health: Solutions To A Neglected Issue
There is a high level of neglect on adolescent mental health issues globally. This is a result of stigma, lack of data to support interventions, and addressing mental health in isolation of other health determinants. This session will explore best practices for mental health as part of holistic delivery services and how to promote access of services to adolescents in rural communities in Nigeria and First Nations communities in Canada.

Moderator: Dr. Vikram Patel, Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

  • Mike Kirlew, Physician, Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority, Canada
  • Saima Wajed Hossein, Chairperson, Shuchona Foundation

Healthy Adolescents, Thriving Societies
Health is a resource for living, a precondition for realizing rights, and a cornerstone of sustainable development. This is especially true for adolescents and young people, whose full potential and participation can only be unlocked when they are healthy. This session will explore what we know about adolescent health – the latest WHO data from the global AA-HA! framework – and how to translate this knowledge into meaningful action. We also need to assure that young people’s leadership and voices count in shaping a healthier and better world.

  • Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director-General for Family, Women’s and Children’s Health, World Health Organization

Session Presentation


Does My Voice Count for the SDGs?
The session highlights the transformative power of young people as they grow up in the SDG era. A short film features young people around the world asking if their voices count in shaping progress on poverty, nutrition, health, education, rights, the environment and other SDGs. Young people then discuss with global experts the feasibility of assuring that their voices count.

Moderator: Mtisunge Kachingwe, YWCA Malawi

  • Laura Scanlon, Girl Effect
  • Amany Abuawad, YWCA Palestine
  • Paul Jelfs, Head of the Population and Social Statistics Division at the Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Ties Boerma, Director, Department of Health Statistics and Information Systems, World Health Organization/ University of Manitoba
  • Dr. David Ross, Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, World Health Organization, Geneva
  • Amy Baker, Director General, Health and Nutrition, Global Affairs Canada 

Session facilitation and summing up: Shyama Kuruvilla  and Alastair Robb, WHO


Empowering Adolescent Girls through HPV Vaccinations and Thinking Differently about Resourcing Global Health
Gavi’s Deputy CEO shares how HPV vaccinations against cervical cancer can serve as a pathfinder to find and empower adolescent girls and how Gavi is working with the private sector to reimagine development financing and global health innovation.

  • Ms. Anuradha Gupta, Deputy CEO, Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance

Session Presentation


Access to Adolescent-friendly Sexual Health Services 
Fear and stigma often leave important options out of sex education and health promotion programs. Speakers will share best practices and concrete methodologies around integrating comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights into youth programming, with a focus on eliminating stigma, promoting autonomy, and developing rights-based messaging, It will also discuss medical abortion and access to misoprostol as a way of transforming abortion services for adolescents, and access in health pandemics, such as Zika infected areas.

Moderator: Dr. Jennifer Blake, CEO, Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada

  • Sandeep Prasad, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, Canada
  • Myrtha Olivares Bonilla, International Planned Parenthood Federation Youth Speaker, Puerto Rico
  • Sabine Baunach, Reproductive Health Adviser for Emergencies, Save the Children US

Session Presentation


Data Collection for Adolescent’s Empowerment
When strong systems are not already in place, the collection of data can seem like a daunting task. Hear from experts about how it can be done. Learn about creative methods of data collection for the protection and empowerment of adolescents, in the context of sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, adolescent maternal healthcare, and safety.

Moderator: Marie-Gloriose Ingabire, Senior Program Specialist, Maternal and Child Health, International Development Research Centre (IDRC-CDRI)

  • Joshua Berman, Malawi Program Research and Knowledge Translation Manager, Dignitas International
  • Melanie Boyd, Program Director, Born on Time, World Vision Canada
  • Dr. Haytham Qosa, Health Recovery Manager, Canadian Red Cross
  • Janani Vijayaraghavan, Health Advisor, Plan International Canada

Session Presentation


Ending HIV/AIDS Among Adolescents: Where the Solution Lies

The session will spark a discussion on sustainable approaches to ending HIV/AIDS, the leading cause of death among adolescents in Africa. It will also bring attention to HPV as the precursor of cervical cancer and the many other STIs for which adolescents have much higher risk than adults. Dynamics of how adolescents can catalyze the end to HIV/AIDS by 2030 will also be discussed.

Moderator: Ian Askew, Director, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, WHO

  • Mark W. Gachagua, Kenyan Youth Advocate and Founder of Young people Advocating for Health
  • Jean-Pierre Zeelie, Health and Nutrition Technical Advisor, Save the Children Canada
  • Muluba Habanyama, Journalist

Gender Transformative, Health, and Multisectoral Approach to Addressing Harmful Practices
There are multiple forms of violence and harmful practices that threaten the well-being of adolescents’, abuse their human rights, and are significant causes of gender inequality, mortality, and tremendous suffering. Using a gender transformative and multi-sectoral approach to ending harmful practices through focusing on youth (particularly girls’) voices, this session will speak to best practices in broadly addressing harmful practices and to specific actions against Child Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM) in Benin and Mali and Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in Kenya.

Moderator: Nancy Smyth

  • Nidhi Bansal, Director, Gender Equality and Child Protection, Plan International Canada
  • Sarah Anderson, Gender Program Officer, CARE Canada
  • Nice Nailantei, Amref Health Africa, Kenya

#GlobalYouth2017: What Youth Heard

  • Conference Youth Council

Moving Forward on the Global Roadmap of Adolescent Health

  • Katja Iversen, President & CEO, Women Deliver
  • Zanele Mbasaso, PMNCH Adolescent and Youth Constituency

Session Presentation