Healthy people drive strong economies

Dieynaba Nioula Kane remembers vividly when, for the first time in her life, she was kg_blogforced to ask friends and family for money. It was out of desperation after the birth of her fifth child, a little boy with a life-threatening condition that needed specialist treatment in the capital. Dieynaba was forced to leave her job teaching French and hurriedly relocate to Dakar, where she was able to find the health services he needed.

But the expenses quickly piled up. Hospital bills, a tracheostomy, medicines, dressings, fees for nurses and doctors, plus the cost of food and transportation to and from the hospital. As she took a break from paid employment for four years to focus on her son’s health her family’s economic conditions deteriorated. It took the family years to recover.

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Spring Meeting Speakers

The 2019 Spring Meetings and related events will take place in Washington, D.C. from Monday, April 8, through Sunday, April 14.Spring

Christine Lagarde the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva the Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank will be very active at different events as speakers but besides the high level persons you can imagine hundreds of speakers have been ask to give presentations on numerous interesting topics. Click to find out more about these speakers.

Empowering Women in the World

Empowering Women in the World | Voices  : Submitted by Kristalina Georgieva (CEO World Bank )

When women do well, everyone benefits. Giving women access to better jobs and financial security are keys to ending poverty. Gender gaps harm the entire economy. We know that when women control the finances, they tend to spend money on the things that matter most – essential food and water, school fees and health care for the family. It’s amazing what small changes can do – a mobile money account opens up the ability to get small loans, buy insurance, and make payments. The World Bank is working to empower women around the world, supporting women entrepreneurs in Pakistan and supporting women and their families with cash cards in Lebanon.

To find out more tune in to my conversation with Ajay Banga, CEO of MasterCard at 11:25 on April 7. Our conversation is part of the Women in the World Summit.