Seventh Orientation Workshop on "Maternal and Newborn Health Programming"
Geneva, Switzerland, from 21 to 25 June 2010
The 7th Orientation Workshop on Maternal and Newborn Health programming took place in WHO Geneva, from 21 to 25 June 2010. The five days workshop gathered 47 participants from 24 countries. Participants were all involved in maternal and newborn health programming and implementation and represented different stakeholders, including governments, donor agencies, international organizations, research institutions, NGOs and the private sector. 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 individuals 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 workshop is part of a series of capacity-building workshops organized by the Department on a regular basis. The course aims to familiarize participants with WHO guidelines on maternal and newborn health interventions and related health system issues.