June 02, 2019 - June 06, 2019
Vancouver, Canada

From June 2-6, IPA Kenya Research Associate James Opot, part of the Strengthening People-Centered Accessibility, Respect, and Quality (SPARQ) project, attended and participated in the Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver, Canada. Representatives from the SPARQ project's other partners, Jacaranda Health; the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); and the University of California, Los Angeles also attended and participated in the conference. The forum brought together global researchers and stakeholders to discuss gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women. James was a panelist at the SPARQ Global Advisory Board meeting, which focused on the learnings and experiences from the evaluation, implementation, and advocacy of SPARQ's work in Kenya and India. James highlighted what has worked well, the challenges, and the changes in the health system functioning as a result of the project’s person-centered care interventions. He also attended various power talks and sessions throughout the conference.