Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Equity in the Implementation of Global Health Programs Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic 

The sessions on Day 1 will share lessons learned from the pandemic to show you how you can adapt existing skills and resources for more inclusive program implementation across different settings. There will be a specific focus on M&E and building partnerships with disability-inclusive (and WCA) focused organizations.


8:00 AM – 10:00 AM (EDT): Maintaining Inclusive Program Approaches to Ensure Women, Children, Adolescents, and People with Disabilities Are Prioritized in the COVID-19 Response

Leads: CORE Group Disability-Inclusive Health Technical Advisory Group (DIH TAG) and CORE Group Humanitarian-Development Task Force (HDTF)

Part 1


Grace Peters, Programs Associate, SmileTrain

Laura McGough, Senior Technical Advisor, URC


Rachel Chaikof, Manager, Chemonics 

Leia Isanhart, Senior Technical Advisor, Health, Catholic Relief Services 

Andrea Pregel, Global Technical Lead, Inclusive Health, Sight Savers 

Overview: Implementing inclusive programmatic approaches for people with disabilities is essential to achieving universal health coverage and “leaving no one behind.” Inclusion is even more critical during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially because people with disabilities face a higher risk of severe illness and death. COVID-19 has amplified hardships by impacting livelihoods, particularly in low-resource settings.  An inclusive approach to program implementation for people with disabilities is urgently needed now and beyond COVID-19 responses. 

To better understand how we can implement inclusive approaches, measure impact, and collaborate with organization focused on populations with disabilities, we will hear from three different international organizations to learn more about how they have focused on serving people with disabilities and have adapted and expanded their programs to the COVID-19 reality.  

Session Objectives:

  • Learn practical steps on how to make programs more inclusive to people with disabilities.
  • Develop knowledge and skills to build partnerships between organizations focused on disability inclusion and “mainstream” development organizations.   
  • Learn how to adapt approaches for people with disabilities amidst COVID-19.  

Part 2


Sarah Kellogg, Country Support Lead, Momentum Integrated Health Resilience, IMA World Health  


Amany Qaddour, Regional Director, Syria Relief and Development 

Overview: According to the WHO, nearly 1.8 billion people live in conflict affected areas worldwide. In conflict settings, health services are often disrupted, with supply chains interrupted, the potential exodus of health workers, and increased rates of malnutrition, disease outbreaks, and new special requirements for the provision of maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health as well as sexual and reproductive health services. 

Session objectives:

  • Gain an overview of the unique challenges of MNCH service provision in conflict settings.
  • Explore key considerations/best practices to inform programming.  

10:15 AM – 12:15 PM (EDT): Monitoring and Evaluation with an Equity Focus: Inclusive Digital Data Collection in the Time of COVID-19

Lead: CORE Group Monitoring and Evaluation Working Group


Dr. Todd Nitkin, DPM, FACFAS, MPH, Global Senior Advisor, DMER for Health, World Vision 

Katy Gorentz, Senior M&E Specialist, HRH2030, Chemonics International  

Nancy Stroupe-Kannappan, Senior Technical Advisor: MERL, Corus International 


Mula Mpofu, Senior Director, Global Health Programs, Chemonics International 

Dr. Agnes Jacinto-Pacho, President and Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific Management and Research Group, Inc. (APMARGIN)

Craig Arnold, Senior Measurement and Learning Lead, MOMENTUM Integrated Health Resilience, JSI 

Dr. Todd Nitkin, DPM, FACFAS, MPH, Global Senior Advisor, DMER for Health, World Vision  

Mwende Muya, Chapter Development Manager, Women in Global Health 

Overview: Health crises like the COVID-19 pandemic present evolving challenges for global health practitioners to rigorously monitor and evaluate interventions. Digital data collection, including a wide range of methods from SMS surveys to tracking cell phone mobility patterns, have grown increasingly sophisticated and common given efforts to gather data in the context of epidemics and emerging health threats. While digital and remote data collection methods can provide essential data to address health challenges, they come with limitations: poorly planned efforts can exacerbate the digital divide between those who have access to digital data systems and those who don’t, some methods may present accessibility barriers, and practitioners must gauge the risk of testing innovative methods in contexts where time is of the essence.  

In this session, we will seek to build practitioners’ ability to thoughtfully plan digital data collection efforts that provide accurate and inclusive data that can be used for the equitable advancement of global health. The session will begin with an introduction to the literature on the benefits and limitations of digital data collection methods, followed by a Q&A with a panel of experts on experiences, benefits, and challenges with implementing digital data collection methods, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, in small groups, participants will have the opportunity to share experiences and brainstorm solutions to strengthen planning and implementation of digital and remote data collection efforts.  

Session Objectives:  

  • Identify challenges and limitations to digital data collection methods – particularly regarding collecting data from the most vulnerable/marginalized groups.  
  • Discuss potential solutions to mitigate these challenges to promote equitable data collection and use.