SEMINAR: Maternal, newborn and child health at a cross-roads - Where to go next?


On 18 February 2009 the World Bank hosted a seminar entitled “Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) at a Cross Roads – Where to Go Next?” The seminar was jointly organized by the World Bank and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in conjunction with the annual board meeting of The Partnership.

The main objective of the seminar was to facilitate a discussion between World Bank staff, board members of The Partnership, and other stakeholders on the financing of MNCH. The seminar addressed how to achieve MDGs 4 and 5 through strengthening of health systems and increasing international and domestic financing for scaling up coverage of key MNCH interventions and programmes, within the context of the global financial crisis and the work by the High-Level Task Force on International Innovative Financing for Health Systems (HLTF).

The seminar was chaired by Julian Schweitzer, Sector Director of the Human Development Network Health Unit (HDNHE) at the World Bank, and moderated by Phillip Hay, Communications Advisor for the Human Development Network. The seminar comprised of presentations by Anne Mills, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Co-Chair of Working Group 1 on Constraints to Scaling Up and Costing of the HLTF; Stan Bernstein, UNFPA; and Agnes Soucat, World Bank (both members of the UN Interagency Group on Costing the Health MDGs. The presentations were followed by a panel discussion.

The agenda, report and presentations can be found below.

Documents and presentations