On June 23, 2021 during the International Year of Health and Care Workers, United Surgeons for Children (USFC) organized a virtual panel discussion: Empowering Women in Global Health.
The event highlighted strong female figures who contribute to the global health workforce and the actions we can take to continue to empower women.
Contributing to this conversation, was:
- Laurence Boutin, Pediatrician, Deputy Medical Director and Haiti Program Coordinator at United Surgeons for Children. Dr. Boutin works in partnership with the Necker Institute of Pediatrics in Haiti, where she established a specialized pediatric training program for nurses (SIPHA) – the only specialized pediatric training program for nurses in Haiti.
- Anouchka Finker, Director of United Surgeons for Children and CEO of La Chaîne de l’Espoir.
- Michelle McIssac, Economist and health workforce specialist at the World Health Organization (WHO), co-chair of the Global Health Workforce Gender Equity Hub.
- Susan Garfield, EY Americas Chief Public Health Officer and Health Sciences and Wellness Sector Commercial Lead
The session which was moderated by writer, columnist, editor and news executive, Joel Dreyfuss, brought insightful contributions related to the efforts we can make to create opportunities and leadership roles for women within the healthcare system.
There is potential for large-scale economic and equity impacts through the implementation of gender-transformative strategies for the healthcare workforce. Today, it is more important than ever to fight for a stronger and more equal foundation for health systems globally.
You can view a recording of the event below: