Delivering Healthier Futures for Women, Children and Adolescents: What is the role of business?

Join us for this live written discussion with a panel of experts to explore the role of business in improving maternal, child and adolescent health.

LIVE Panel

Thursday 5 October, 10am to 11pm EDT / 3pm to 4 pm BST


Efforts to secure a healthier future for the world’s most vulnerable women, children and adolescents are falling behind: over 60 countries are off-track to meet the Sustainable Development Goals’ targets for maternal, newborn and stillborn mortality reduction by 2030, and over 4.5 million mothers and babies die each year from preventable conditions during pregnancy, birth or in the few weeks of life.

Investing in the health and rights of women, children and adolescents is not just a moral imperative, but a smart economic choice that promotes gender equality, spurs economic growth, and nurtures prosperous societies. But what is the role of business in this area?

Join this discussion to explore how businesses can leverage innovation, partnership, advocacy and creative models of finance to help improve the health of women, children and adolescents.

This online discussion is part of our collaboration with the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF) and the Gates Foundation, in support of GFF’s #DeliverTheFuture campaign. The campaign aims to raise at least $800m USD for the GFF in 2023. GFF’s country-led model of financing accelerates health care investments and enables women, children, and adolescents to survive and thrive.


  • Zaheera Soomar, Head of Education and Community Skills, Strategy and Sustainability, Anglo American
  • Sue Tym, Social Impact Portfolio Senior Manager, Ethical Trade & Environmental Sustainability, Primark
  • Lisa Felton, Vodafone Group Foundation Director, Vodafone Foundation
  • Dr Samson Gwer, Executive Director, Afya Research Africa
  • Natacha Mugeni, Digital Health Director, YLabs
  • Sabina Hyseni, Global Lead, Health Advocacy with Business. Private Fundraising and Partnerships, UNICEF
  • Philip Eisenhart, Communications Lead, Access to Nutrition Initiative
  • Emily Carey, Senior Health Systems Adviser, NHS Consortium on Global Health
  • Temitayo Erogbogbo, Director, Multilateral Organization Engagement, MSD & Advocacy Lead, MSD for Mothers
  • Camilla De Nardi, Private Sector Partnerships Advisor, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition.

Moderator: Annabel Beales, Business Fights Poverty


  1. What are some good examples of innovation to improve maternal, child and adolescent health?
  2. What are the challenges and opportunities for business to partner with other sectors in support of governments’ efforts to strengthen health systems for women, children and adolescents?
  3. How can we increase investment in maternal, child and adolescent health? For example, through advocacy and creative financing models.


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We are looking forward to this online discussion. I’m Annabel Beales, Collaboration Lead at Business Fights Poverty, and will be your moderator.

The live discussion will start at 3pm BST / 10am EDT on Thursday 5 October.

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