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Transport for Health Access Workshop

Sponsor: Sustainable Development Network

Background
Inadequate or unaffordable transport infrastructure and services often reduce poor people’s ability to access preventive, curative, and emergency health services and can result in lower health status and high mortality rates. Although health outcomes have improved in the second half of the 20th century, progress has slowed down in the 1990s, and at the current pace, most regions of the developing world will not reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for Health by 2015. Improving transportation access to health facilities in the context of health systems strengthening could improve overall health systems and referral performance, thereby leading to improved health outcomes.

Description of workshop objectives
In the context of the multisector aspects of the World Bank new Health Strategy and the Transport Business Strategy for 2008-2012, the workshop will serve as a platform for reviewing current knowledge on the main transport-related barriers to maternal health and child care as well as some of the transport interventions to improve access. The discussion will focus on the role of transport within the broader context of health referral systems, reviewing experience with community transport interventions; the role of non-motorized transport such as bicycles as convenient and cost efficient means of transport; and other experience that can lead to an improvement in the quality and efficiency of transport systems to improve health, while reducing maternal and child mortality in particular. The workshop will seek to draw recommendations for the World Bank and invited partners on what should be concrete short and longer-term steps for creating effective linkages between the health and the transport sectors of the World Bank and organizations concerned with health services provision.

Agenda and Presentations
June 18, 2008

(all presentations available in PDF format PDF icon)

 

8:30 – 9:00 am

REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST

9:00 – 9:25 am

OPENING REMARKS AND WELCOME

Business Transport Strategy for 2008-2012
Marc Juhel, Sector Manager Transport, ETWTR, World Bank

The multisector aspects of the new World Bank Health Strategy
Armin Fidler, Health Policy and Strategy Advisor, HDN, World Bank

Agenda and objectives of the workshop
Julie Babinard, Transport for Social Responsibility Thematic Group Coordinator, World Bank

9:25 – 10:45 am

SESSION 1: ACCESS AND MOBILITY FOR HEALTH
Chair: Armin Fidler, Health
Policy and Strategy Advisor, HDN, World Bank

Roads and bridges: Impact on the Haitian health system
Michel Brun, RH/HIV Chief Technical Adviser, UNFPA/Haiti Country Office

Reports on mobility and health: Results from Asia
Marinke van Riet, Executive Secretary, International Forum for Rural Transport
and Development (IFRTD)

World Bank experience from various health projects in Latin America
Marcelo Bortman, Senior Public Health Specialist, LCSHH, World Bank

DISCUSSION

10:45 – 10:55 am

COFFEE BREAK

10:55 – 12:15 am

SESSION 2: TRANSPORT AND EMERGENCY HEALTH SERVICES
Chair: Dr. Nelle Temple Brown, External Relations Officer, World Health Organization

The Fateful Journey: What can we do to ensure maternal survival?
Dr. Koki Argawal, Director, ACCESS Program (www.accesstohealth.org)

Transport and MDG 5: Lessons from UNFPA
Kate Ramsey, Technical Specialist in Reproductive Health,UNFPA

Transport and Access to Emergency Health Services-Selected case studies from Africa
John Riverson, Lead Highway Engineer (Retired) and Antoine Lema, Social Development Consultant, World Bank

DISCUSSION

12:15 – 1:30 pm

LUNCH

1:30 – 3:00 pm

SESSION 3: CREATIVE BUSINESS MODELS AND TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS TO TRANSPORTATION CONSTRAINTS
Chair: Guy Stallworthy, Senior Program Officer: Global Health Delivery, Bill and Melinda GATES Foundation

Transport and Health in Resource Poor Areas
Chris Saunders, Chief Executive, TRANSAID (www.transaid.org)

Nonmotorized Transport and Communications in health care: supply chain management for sustainability
Aimee Gauthier, Senior Program Director, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) (www.itdp.org/)

Sustainability, accountability, partnerships: Experience from Riders for Health
Barry Coleman, Executive Director, Riders for Health (www.riders.org)
See also: Background Note (PDF)

DISCUSSION

3:00 – 3:15 pm

COFFEE BREAK

3:15 – 4:00 pm

SESSION 4: TOOLS FOR PLANNING FOR HEALTH ACCESS
Chair: Dr. Koki Argawal, Director, ACCESS Program
(
www.accesstohealth.org)

Facility Needs Assessments and Planning Maternal Mortality Reduction Programs
Ms. Samantha Lobis,
Senior Program Officer, the Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program (AMDD), Mailman School of Public Health (www.amddprogram.org/)

Tools and methodologies for integrating transport and health
Dr. Talia McCray, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Community, and Regional Planning, University of Texas, Austin

DISCUSSION

4:00 – 5:00 pm

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR COOPERATION BETWEEN HEALTH AND TRANSPORT SECTORS: WHERE TO GO FROM HERE?
Chair:Julie Babinard, Transport for Social Responsibility Thematic Group Coordinator, World Bank

Institutional strengths and constraints

Way forward

 
For Information: Julie Babinard

Last updated: 2008-06-12




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