During its first term, the Obama administration developed new policies and initiatives on women's global health. The challenge in President Obama's second term will be to translate these commitments into concrete action.
At this session, expert panelists discussed the opportunities and challenges facing the second Obama administration in moving from policy to implementation on women’s global health issues.
CSIS also released a new paper, “U.S. Priorities for Women’s Global Health” from Global Health Policy in the Second Obama Term, which analyzes the policy developments under the first Obama term, the ongoing challenges, and policy recommendations moving forward.
The session also featured three short videos made by CSIS that bring the voices of African women and African women leaders into the U.S. policy discussion:
President Joyce Banda on Women’s Health and Empowerment in Malawi
Watch Malawi's first female president, Joyce Banda, talk about the importance of women's health and empowerment.
Saving Mothers: A New Initiative to Address Maternal Mortality
In December 2012, the Center for Strategic and International Studies traveled to Zambia because it has a disproportionately high rate of maternal mortality – an estimated 440 women dying for every 100,000 live births, which is 20 times higher than the U.S. But Zambia, as well as Uganda, is also the site of a new program, called Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL), designed to reduce maternal mortality by up to 50 percent in selected districts in a year.
Cervical Cancer and HIV in Women
Cervical cancer kills an estimated 275,000 women every year, 85 percent of whom are in developing countries. The link between HIV and cervical cancer is direct and deadly. To understand the opportunities and challenges of integrating cervical cancer screening and treatment into HIV services for women, the Center for Strategic and International Studies traveled to Zambia, which has been at the forefront of integrating these services.