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POUZN Director, Camille Saade, Presents to USAID in Bangkok

BANGKOK, THAILAND — Following a successful technical meeting in Bangkok, Thailand in 2007, which engaged high-level public health stakeholders from across Asia and the Middle East, USAID, with the management and technical support of the Extending Service Delivery Project (ESD) hosted a follow-up meeting on March 6-11, 2010, in Bangkok, Thailand, where experts convened to build on what has been accomplished during the past two years.

The follow-up meeting "USAID: Progress Made and Lessons Learned in Scaling-Up FP-MNCH Best Practices in the Asia and Middle East (AME) Region" built upon the purpose of the first, which was to: (1) strengthen and accelerate the application of high-impact FP/MNCH best practices not yet implemented to national/regional scale in Asia and the Middle East; and (2) provide additional technical assistance for scaling-up in new regions, communities or facilities over a two-to-three year period.

Partners at this meeting included: WHO/USAID Implementing Best Practices (IBP) Initiative; World Health Organization Department of Reproductive Health and Research (WHO/RHR); UNICEF; UNFPA; the USAID-funded MCHIP Project; ACCESS FP; Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health(IRH); ExpandNet; ESD partners IntraHealth, Management Sciences for Health (MSH), Pathfinder International and other partners in countries working on taking best practices to scale.

Camille Saade, AED Director of POUZN Project, gave a presentation on "Scaling Up Diarrhea Treatment Through Public-Private Partnerships (PPP)" (PPT, 2.2mb) at the plenary that describes private sector involvement in diarrhea treatment in multi-countries. Mr. Saade also presented "Diarrhea: Why Children Are Still Dying And What Can Be Done" (PPT, 700kb) during a concurrent session. These presentations informed the audience about the importance of fighting diarrhea, the number-two infectious killer of children under five in the world, and the value of effectively engaging the private sector to achieve sustainable public health objectives.

Posted March 2010

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