LETTER FROM JILL SHEFFIELD, PRESIDENT,
It is with great pleasure that I invite you to participate in the largest global conference on girls’ and women’s health and empowerment of the decade: Women Deliver 2013 on May 28-30 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This groundbreaking, landmark event will be the gathering place for an anticipated 5,000 attendees from across the globe.
Participants will include Heads of State, government and UN officials, development officials, youth, corporate executives, healthcare professionals, academics, and advocates. We all share one thing in common—a commitment to improve the lives of girls and women.
When we meet in 2013, we will be nearing the 2015 deadline of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). While much progress has been made, there is still a long way to go. This conference will be an opportunity to strategize about the way to 2015 and beyond, highlighting success stories and ongoing challenges to improve the health and well-being of girls and women.
Our sessions and exhibit halls will be hubs of discussion, with opportunities to network with thousands of attendees from around the world and showcase new technologies and innovative products. This is a unique opportunity to present the great work you do in an exhibit that will be highly trafficked by attendees in the beautiful convention center in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
I hope that you will participate in this unique and game-changing international conference. Whether you focus on health care, technology, telecommunications, manufacturing, entertainment, or finance, the health of girls and women affects the health of your industry. I look forward to seeing you in Kuala Lumpur in May 2013.
Jill W. Sheffield
LETTER FROM DR. RAJ KARIM, ASIA DIRECTOR,
I’m thrilled to welcome the Women Deliver 2013 conference to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The conference will be an opportune time to highlight the many success stories from countries throughout Asia. Maternal deaths have been in decline in this region, and there are many examples of programs that are making a difference.
From community health services in rural India, to innovative youth-led sexuality education trainings in Cambodia, to impressive public advocacy campaigns in Japan, it is inspiring to see progress take shape. Malaysia, itself, is a champion of maternal health.
Thanks to strong investments in the maternal health sector and improved access to quality water, sanitation, nutrition and girls’ education, Malaysia has seen dramatic declines in pregnancy- and childbirth-related deaths.
From the plenaries to the breakout sessions to the exhibits, there is no better place than the Women Deliver 2013 conference to meet champions and innovators, to promote new projects and products, and to contribute to the global dialogue. And we have a lot to learn from other countries and regions, and that is why Women Deliver is so special. The conference is a gathering place for the girls’ and women’s sector. Women Deliver recognizes that eradicating HIV and AIDS, improving education, promoting human rights, working towards environmental sustainability, and ensuring economic empowerment and gender equality are all necessary parts of the solution to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity for girls and women. We are all in this together, and we need to build on each other’s work to create synergy.
Women Deliver is excited to open an office in Malaysia in preparation for our next meeting. Just as we did in 2007 and 2010, we are planning a world-class conference.
Dr. Raj Karim