May 18th 2017  |  2-5pm
Convene, 780 Third Ave, New York, NY


Globally, maternal and newborn mortality from preventable causes is unacceptably high. In 2015, an estimated 300,000 women died during and following pregnancy and childbirth, with nearly all of these deaths occurring in low-resource settings such as sub-Saharan Africa.

Touch Foundation and Vodafone Foundation invite you to join us and our partners in a dynamic discussion of solutions to dramatically improve access to maternal and newborn emergency care around the world. At this event, we’ll discuss the opportunities for prioritizing and investing in evidence-based cost-effective interventions that improve the health of women and newborns and promote economic development, creating more prosperous societies. In particular, we’ll share our findings from an emergency transport system that has significantly decreased maternal mortality in two rural districts in Tanzania.

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals depend on collaboration and meaningful partnership between governments, corporations, donors, nongovernmental agencies, and civil society as well as sharing knowledge on new innovations and insights. We welcome you to contribute to this important dialogue.

Program Details

Expert Panel Discussions featuring:

  • Lord Michael Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE, Global Head of Citizenship for KPMG, moderator
  • James BonTempo, Chief Strategy Officer, D-tree International
  • Dr. Siobhan Crowley, Director of Health, ELMA Philanthropies
  • Dr. Ntuli A. Kapologwe, Director of Health, Social Welfare & Nutrition Services, Tanzania’s President’s Office of Regional Administration and Local Government
  • Robert Miros, Chief Executive Officer, 3rd Stone Design
  • Massimiliano Pezzoli, Country Director, Touch Foundation
  • Lois Quam, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pathfinder International
  • Stephen Rudy, Chief Executive Officer, Gradian Health Systems
  • Andrew Storey, Director, Maternal and Newborn Health, Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Lee Wells, Director, Vodafone Foundation Ventures & Head of Programmes, Vodafone Foundation

Panels will be followed by group discussion sessions and networking.

Refreshments will be served.

Please contact if you have any questions about this event or media inquiries.