Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Fifth Orientation Workshop on "Maternal and Newborn Health Programming"

Geneva Switzerland, 13 to 17 July 2009

Dear Colleagues,

The 5th Orientation Workshop on Maternal and Newborn Health programming took place in WHO Geneva, between 13 and 17 July 2009. 31 participants coming from nongovernmental organizations, government agencies, universities and international organizations in 18 different countries discussed tools and approaches that make a difference in maternal and newborn health and shared their experiences.

The Making Pregnancy Safer team facilitated and lead discussions on a variety of topics starting with the overall global and regional issues on maternal and newborn health, effective strategies and interventions focusing on quality facility childbirth, technical guidelines for maternal and newborn health and practical tools and approaches to develop professional competencies of individual and teams. Special attention was given to the development of multi-faceted strategies that address health system constraints and to lessons learned from successful country experiences. Participants had a chance to learn more about different approaches to workforce development and management, health financing and the addressing of resource constraints, as well as monitoring and evaluation, health promotion and community participation. They also learned how WHO works with and in countries to improve maternal and newborn health, how partnerships are used to work more efficiently and why it is important to think about advocacy and messageing. The workshop gave broad space to group discussions, case studies and hands-on use of tools and approaches.

In the final Workshop evaluation, all participants indicated that they will recommend this workshop to other colleagues and interested parties as an interesting opportunity to build capacity and exchange experiences.

The 6th Maternal and Newborn health programming is scheduled to take place in November 2009.