The Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference gathered more than 1,000 policymakers, researchers, practitioners, and advocates from all over the world to discuss existing challenges in reaching under-served women and practical solutions. “Quality, integration, and equity” were the primary themes. This spring, the Women Deliver conference will continue the conversation in Copenhagen. What’s needed to carry on momentum? What lessons have been learned? Where do we go next? read more
On April 13, in partnership with UNFPA and the Wilson Center, the Maternal Health Task Force co-hosted a policy dialogue to review priorities, evaluate progress, and reignite efforts in the maternal newborn health field. The discussion served as a reflection of the lessons learned at the Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference held in Mexico City last October and preparation for achieving the maternal newborn health agenda through an advocacy lens at Women Deliver…read more
By Koki Agarwal, Director, Maternal and Child Survival Program; Ana Langer, Director, Maternal Health Task Force; and Joy Riggs-Perla, Director, Saving Newborn Lives at Save the Children
While the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) underlined the necessity of better policies and programs to improve maternal and child health, HIV and AIDS, malaria, and other health conditions, the approach had significant flaws. Having separate goals for mothers and children may have been a disservice, fostering the persistent segmentation of service delivery.
The era of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recently started. With their focus on universal health care, equity, and integration, the new policy framework represents a historic opportunity to build on progress, while addressing the limitations of the MDGs. It is critical, however, not to let an emphasis on maternal and newborn health wane in this new broad agenda… read more