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Cross-posted from (Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Global Health Policy Center). Please see the pdf and link attached to access the report.

In March 2013, a delegation led by the CSIS Global Health Policy Center traveled to Zambia to examine the opportunities and challenges of strengthening U.S. investments overseas in women’s health. The delegation included senior staff from four congressional offices and a representative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The report focuses on three women’s health issues—maternal mortality, cervical cancer, and access to voluntary family planning—and explores how the United States leverages the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and works with its other partners to prioritize women’s health. The delegation paid special attention to two recent public-private partnerships: Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL), which addresses maternal mortality; and Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon (PRRR), which integrates cervical cancer screening and treatment with HIV/AIDS services and increases breast cancer awareness. These two innovative initiatives illustrate new ways to make the best use of U.S. investments in women’s health, as well as challenges to achieving health goals.

This report comes at a timely and important moment; the U.S. government and its partners have an opportunity to build on the current momentum and incorporate lessons learned into the next phase of SMGL and PRRR planning and implementation. These new initiatives, combined with long-standing U.S. investments in voluntary family planning, have considerable promise to improve women’s health in Zambia. While the early results are encouraging, the initiatives will also require heightened attention and support by the U.S. and Zambian governments and their partners if they are to achieve scale and sustainability.

As always, I welcome your questions and comments.


Janet Fleischman
Senior Associate,
CSIS Global Health Policy Center

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