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About the event

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, it was estimated that 214 million women and girls in low- and middle-income countries were not using modern contraception, despite wanting to avoid pregnancy. This has huge implications on women and infant health, on women’s rights, their education, and future opportunities, as well as on the economy as a whole. Access to reproductive health services and family planning is not only a right – it’s also an essential ingredient in breaking the cycle of poverty and advancing sustainable development across the globe.

The COVID-19 pandemic is now having an enormous additional impact on women and girls. As health systems become strained, many facilities are forced to close or only provide limited services. This leaves many women and girls unable to access critical sexual and reproductive health and advisory services.

On Friday, July 10, Devex and Bayer will host an online event that will explore how to accelerate access to contraceptives and family planning services during this unprecedented health crisis and in the years to come. It will bring together key experts and stakeholders who can shine a light on family planning as an economic and social development enabler, which will be critical when it comes to rebuilding communities post COVID-19.

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The Speakers

Moderator

Raj Kumar

President and Editor-in-Chief
Devex
Raj Kumar is the Founding President and Editor-in-Chief at Devex, the media platform for the global development community. He is a media leader and former humanitarian council chair for the World Economic Forum and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His work has led him to more than 50 countries, where he has had the honor to meet many of the aid workers and development professionals who make up the Devex community. He is the author of the book "The Business of Changing the World," a go-to primer on the ideas, people, and technology disrupting the aid industry.

Dr. Roopa Dhatt

Executive Director and Co-Founder
Women in Global Health
Dr. Roopa Dhatt is a passionate advocate for gender equality in global health and a leading voice in the movement to correct the gender imbalance in global health leadership. Determined to build a movement to transform women’s leadership opportunities in health, Dr. Dhatt co-founded Women in Global Health in 2015. Today, Women in Global Health has more than 25,000 supporters in more than 90 countries and continues to grow. Dr Dhatt, the Executive Director, and the global team work with a network of WGH chapters in every region to challenge power and privilege for gender equity in health by mobilizing a diverse group of emerging women health leaders, by advocating to existing global health leadersto commit to transform their own institutions, and by holding these leaders to account. With more than 15 chapters in all regions, Women in Global Health is changing the conversation about women’s leadership in health at global, national and local levels.

Stefan Oelrich

President, Pharmaceuticals
Bayer AG
Stefan Oelrich is a member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG and President of its Pharmaceuticals Division, a position he has held since November 2018. Prior to joining the company, he was on the Executive Committee of Sanofi, leading its global Diabetes & Cardiovascular business. During his seven-year tenure, he was also at the helm of Sanofi Germany, Switzerland and Austria, as well as the Diabetes and Cardiovascular business unit in Europe. From 1989 to 2011, he held various leadership positions in the health care business of Bayer AG with extensive international experience spanning Latin America (Argentina, Uruguay), Europe (France, Belgium) and the United States. Stefan Oelrich is a member of the Supervisory Board of the Charité University Hospital, member of the Supervisory Board of the Berlin Institute of Health, and member of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany.

Nargis Shirazi

Young Leader Alumni
Women Deliver
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Prashant Yadav

Senior Fellow
Center for Global Development
and
Affiliate Professor of Technology & Operations Management
INSEAD
Prashant Yadav is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development and Affiliate Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD. Prashant is a globally recognized scholar in the area of healthcare supply chains. He is the author of over 50 peer reviewed scientific publications and his work has been featured in prominent print and broadcast media including The Economist, The Financial Times, Nature, and BBC. Prashant workes closely with country governments, global agencies, and private sector organizations in improving health care supply chains. Yadav’s policy advisory roles have included: Strategy Leader-Supply Chain at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Chair of the Market Dynamics Advisory Group of the Global Fund, Co-chair of Procurement & Supply Chain Management at the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, Commissioner on the Lancet Commission on Essential Medicines. Yadav has been invited for expert testimony on issues related to medicine supply chains in the US Congress and legislative bodies in other countries. Yadav also serves on the boards and advisory boards of social enterprises and a venture fund. In his previous roles Yadav has worked as Strategy Leader-Supply Chain at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Vice President of Healthcare at the William Davidson Institute and Faculty at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan; Professor of Supply Chain Management at the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program and Research Affiliate at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics.

Office Cat

Mouse Catcher
Quarantine land
And both of these, if one would tell the truth, were foreordained unto the holy place, where greatest Peter’s follower hath his seat. While on this quest, for which thou giv’st him praise, he heard the things which of his victory the causes were, and of the Papal Robe. The Chosen Vessel went there afterward, to bring thence confirmation in the faith, through which one enters on salvation’s path. But why should I go there, or who concedes it? I ’m not Aeneas, nor yet Paul am I; me worthy of this, nor I nor others deem. If, therefore, I consent to come, I fear lest foolish be my coming; thou art wise, and canst much better judge than I can talk.”

Office Cat

Mouse Catcher
Quarantine land
And both of these, if one would tell the truth, were foreordained unto the holy place, where greatest Peter’s follower hath his seat. While on this quest, for which thou giv’st him praise, he heard the things which of his victory the causes were, and of the Papal Robe. The Chosen Vessel went there afterward, to bring thence confirmation in the faith, through which one enters on salvation’s path. But why should I go there, or who concedes it? I ’m not Aeneas, nor yet Paul am I; me worthy of this, nor I nor others deem. If, therefore, I consent to come, I fear lest foolish be my coming; thou art wise, and canst much better judge than I can talk.”
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