Partnership meeting in India focuses on achieving MDGs 4 & 5
19 MARCH 2010 | NEW DELHI
Organizer: The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Event dates: 19 March 2010
Venue: New Delhi
19 MARCH 2010 | NEW DELHI - A partnership meeting on MDGs 4 and 5 was held in New Delhi on 19 March, co-hosted by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood India (WRAI), and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health. The meeting, chaired by AIIMS's head of obstetrics and gynaecology, Dr. Suneeta Mittal, was attended by more than 50 representatives of Indian health professional associations, NGOs, donors, multilateral agencies, researchers, and medical students.
The meeting was an opportunity to exchange knowledge and ideas among a wide variety of constituency groups, generating lively discussion about approaches to improve policy implementation and accountability in regard to maternal, newborn and child health in India. This included the importance of increasing midwifery training in India, improving the strength and coherence of advocacy messaging in regard to reducing maternal and child deaths, promoting community and media monitoring, and addressing social determinants of maternal and child mortality in India, such as early marriage.
The discussion was informed by background presentations on progress and barriers to MDG 5 and 4 in India delivered by Dr. Aparajita Gogoi of WRAI and PMNCH board member Dr Vinod Paul of AIIMS.
Dr. Flavia Bustreo, Director of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, linked the Indian context to global objectives and activities by introducing the current PMNCH composition, workplan and milestones. Dr. Bustreo noted that India's Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad, is a board member, and PMNCH looks forward to accelerating its engagement with India this year and beyond.