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Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference 2015
Oct. 18-21, 2015
Mexico City
Reaching every mother and
newborn with quality care

Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference 2015: Daily Delivery

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Featured Coverage

The road to ending preventable deaths

By Anita Sharma, United Nations Foundation — With the International Conference on Family Planning and COP 21 just around the corner, we must build on the momentum generated over the past few weeks to be one step closer to our goals: to end the preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents within a generation.

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Emerging Conversations

Plenary videos

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If you missed a conference plenary or want to rewatch one of your favorite talks, the livestreamed videos are all available on the conference website.

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A #GlobalMNH social media recap

Johson & Johnson

#GlobalMNH served as a forum to identify, understand and respond to the most urgent health needs of mothers and newborns, focusing on quality of care, integration and equity.

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Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference in Mexico delivers on all counts

By Abhishek Bhartia

Overall GMNHC delivered on all counts of a great meeting: I gained new knowledge, formed new relationships and came away inspired to do my bit in making the world a better place.

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Videos to Inspire

Highlights from the Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference 2015

Girls' Globe interviewed participants throughout the conference, inviting them to give their thoughts on maternal and newborn health.



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A Periscope interview with ICM president Frances Day-Stirk

Girls' Globe's Diane Fender interviews the president of the International Confederation of Midwives, Frances Day-Stirk, on Periscope.



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Live Reporting from Girls' Globe

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3 Things I Learned at the Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference

By Eleanor Gall — In the wake of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and the launch of the Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescent's Health, the very first Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference took place in Mexico City. Researchers, implementors, policymakers and donors came together to discuss, strategize, collaborate and learn. Representatives from 418 organisations across 74 countries heard inspiring and often very moving stories from speakers and panel members with one uniting passion; improving the health of women and children worldwide.

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Crowd voices

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Countdown To 2015: A Future Of Hope For Afghanistan

By Nadia Akseer, Centre for Global Child Health, The Hospital for Sick Children — Since its first report launched in 2008, Countdown to 2015 has worked to track interventions coverage, equity gaps, health systems, policies, and financials in 75 of the most high burden countries globally in an effort to reduce preventable maternal, newborn and child mortality. The commissioning of provocative country case studies in complex and unstable high burden geographies such as Afghanistan epitomizes Countdown's commitment to improving health of vulnerable women and children in all corners of the world.

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The intervention that improves family planning, breastfeeding and birth prepardness

By Jody Lori, Associate Dean for Global Affairs & Director of the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center, University of Michigan — The Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference in Mexico City was motivating, energizing, and stimulated lots of conversation and thought about the way forward as we transform our approaches to maternal and newborn care in the post MDG era. Coming directly on the heels of the launch of the SDGs, we heard about the progress we have made and the challenges we face as we work to end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 and reduce the global maternal mortality ratio.

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Investing in marginalized populations to improve newborn survival in Latin America & the Caribbean

By Jennifer Luna, MCSP Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor and Dr. Goldy Mazia, MCSP Newborn Health Advisor — There is good newborn health news from the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region these days: a significant drop in the neonatal mortality rate has reduced deaths per 1,000 live births from 22 in 1990 to 9 in 2013. To put this in context, LAC has already surpassed both the Sustainable Development Goal and Every Newborn Action Plan target related to neonatal mortality reduction. However, this good news masks great inequities both among and within LAC countries.

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Fostering partnerships – in Indonesia, then globally

By Kate Walton, Health Specialist, Kinerja, Indonesia — Last week, I had the great privilege of attending the first-ever Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference in Mexico City. During a panel on midwifery around the world, I presented on a successful partnership program between midwives and traditional birth attendants  in the remote district of Aceh Singkil, Indonesia. Maternal death is common in Aceh Singkil. Its 110,000 residents are served by 11 basic health clinics. Only one health clinic has in-patient facilities, and only two are certified as being able to manage basic obstetric and neonatal emergencies.

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Want to save 3 million lives? Improve quality of care at birth

By Dr. Emmanuel Otolorin, MCSP Nigeria Project Director and Katrin DeCamp, MCSP Senior Communications Specialist — Globally, 15% of pregnant women will experience life-threatening complications during pregnancy or childbirth, as will many of their babies. But did you know that the majority of maternal and newborn deaths – approximately 60% and 75%, respectively – happen after childbirth?

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