PMNCH: HCP meeting in Amman, Jordan
17 DECEMBER | AMMAN, JORDAN
Organizer: The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Event dates: 17- December 2009
Venue: Amman, Jordan
17 December 2009 | Amman, Jordan - Nearly 90 representatives of health care professional associations (HCPAs), Ministries of Health and development agencies from Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Somalia, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen gathered in Amman to take part in a workshop on the role of HCPAs in achieving MDGs 4 and 5. The Amman workshop -- the fourth in a series of multi-country workshops held in various regions throughout the world -- was organized by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health in collaboration with the Arab Association of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM).
The principle objective of the three day workshop was strengthening the role of health care professional associations in maternal, newborn and child health planning. The workshop format included the sharing of best practices in the areas of advocacy, planning, quality improvement, human resources and organizational strengthening; and the development of country action plans to guide joint HCPA activities across the continuum of care in the next 1-2 years.
Dr Ahmad Abdel Wahed, Secretary General of the of the Arab Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology, opened the workshop by urging health care professionals to join forces to increase their impact on maternal, newborn and child health policy development. " I hope that the workshop will provide health care professionals with the opportunity to reassert their commitment to the health of women and children in their countries, and foster a culture of collaboration across health care professional associations and between health care professional associations and Ministries of Health and development partners, " said Dr Wahed.
The keynote speech was delivered by Professor Raeda Al Qutob, Secretary General of the Higher Population Council, representing Her Excellency, Princess Basma. She began by extending Her Excellency's support of the efforts of health care professionals to improve the health of women and children. She described several examples of Jordan's successful efforts to reduce maternal, newborn, and child mortality including conducting maternal mortality studies, improvements in women's access to education, increases in vaccine coverage, and improvements in access to health care. These efforts have resulted in a drop from 40 to 19 maternal deaths per 100 000 live births, exceeding Jordan's MDG 5 target. She emphasized that health care professionals as front line service providers can make a difference in the achievement of MDGs 4 and 5.
Dr Sami Al Dlaimi, Director of Administrative Affairs, Ministry of Health, Jordan, spoke on behalf of the Minister of Health, stressing his country's strong political support for the improvement of the status of women. He also emphasized the need for improvements in policies and regulations pertaining to women's education, empowerment and health as keys to achieving MDGs 4 and 5.
Dr Andres de Francisco, Team Coordinator of the Partnership, reviewed global trends towards the achievement of MDGs 4 and 5, and highlighted the direct relationship between health care worker density and maternal, newborn, and child health outcomes. He stressed the necessity of enhancing human resources as a prerequisite for achieving MDGs 4 and 5. Dr de Francisco concluded his presentation by reviewing the expected outcomes of the workshop, and noted that strengthening the ability of health care professionals to play a role in improving maternal, newborn, and child health is a central aim of the Partnership programme of work. The workshop was facilitated by Dr Atf Gherissi of ICM.
The multi-country health care professional workshops were developed in response to the September 2006 joint statement signed by the International Health Care Professional Associations and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH). This joint statement committed all signees to work together to improve the capacity of health care professional associations to play a role in the development and implementation of MNCH programs and policies. The three previous workshops were held in Malawi, Burkina Faso and Bangladesh, and included delegations from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Malawi, Mali, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda.