Mary-Ann Etiebet, executive director at MSD for Mothers. Via YouTube

During Devex World 2018 in Washington, D.C., on June 12, we caught up with MSD for Mothers Executive Director Mary-Ann Etiebet on meeting the Sustainable Development Goals for maternal and child health.

Devex World 2018

Find out more about the topics and conversations from Devex’s flagship conference in Washington, D.C., on June 12.

In order to eradicate preventable maternal deaths, the private sector and the development community must come together to develop a relationship of mutual trust, Etiebet said, adding that shared language, shared understanding, and respect for different motivations and investments are all needed.

Also important is how to assess both the social and financial return of a project so that it benefits both parties.

In the video above, Etiebet talks about forging partnerships outside the traditional development space, experimentation, and some of the issues that can arise when seeking new private sector partners.

Devex, with financial support from our partner MSD for Mothers, is exploring how the private sector is driving innovations in global health. Visit the Focus on: Future of Health Partnerships page for more.

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  • Delia Behr

    Delia Behr is a News Production Editor based in Devex’s Barcelona office. Originally from Sydney, she’s previously worked on multicultural events for the Australian government, copywriting for mobile apps, and written news for the Australia-China Youth Association. Delia completed a bachelor’s in philosophy and won the Judyth Sachs Participation Prize for her work with Bornean NGO PACOS Trust. She speaks English, Spanish, a questionable amount of Catalan, and can write Korean.
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    In his role as Editorial Director Richard oversees content for digital series, reports and events, leading a talented team of writers and editors, conducting high-level video interviews and moderating panels at events. Previously partnerships editor and an associate editor at Devex, Richard brings to bear 15 years of experience as an editor in institutional communications, public affairs and international development. Based in Barcelona, his development experience includes stints in the Dominican Republic, Argentina and Ecuador, as well as extensive work travel in Africa and Asia.