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Institutionalizing Community Health Conference (ICHC)

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa Date and time: 1:00am on 27 March 2017 - 30 March 2017

Advancing community health is central to achieving sustainable development and universal primary healthcare. The foundations of community health within the context of primary health care are increasingly recognized as crucial components of national policies and strategies to accelerate progress in health. We need to further integrate community health approaches into national and local health policy and systems in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the implementation of the new UN Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and USAID's flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), will host a four-day conference focused on supporting countries to strengthen partnerships with communities as resources to transform the future and ensure that every mother, newborn, and child not only survives, but thrives. The conference will mobilize government officials, civil society leaders, policymakers, sub-national managers and practitioners, private sector, bilateral and multilateral organizations, and researchers.

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