A new TDR and UNICEF plan on the agenda at the World Health Summit

Improving maternal, newborn and child health

TDR news item
10 October 2011

Representatives from 10 African countries will be joining international experts in health research to identify the top research priorities and potential solutions for improving maternal and child health in their countries. Participants will discuss how to use implementation research to improve delivery of health services, as well as how to strengthen networks and foster links between the scientific community and public health programmes. This 21-22 October satellite meeting of the World Health Summit in Berlin, Germany, is being organized by TDR and UNICEF, and chaired by Professor Peter Ndumbe, head of the World Health Organization's African office's programme of Research, Publications and Library Services.

Meeting information

Strengthening partnerships for research on infectious diseases of poverty and maternal newborn and child health

Second stakeholder meeting
Kaiserin Friedrich Stiftung, Robert Koch Platz 7, Berlin, Germany
21-22 October 2011

Background Documents


Recommendations will feed into a panel discussion on strengthening health research in the Summit, on Sunday, 23 October. Speakers at this include:

Dr Mickey Chopra
Chief of Health and Associate Director of Programmes, UNICEF
Keynote speaker at the World Health Summit

Dr Modest Mulenga
Director, Tropical Diseases Research Centre, Zambia

Dr Elizabeth Mason
Director, Child and Adolescent Health and Development Department, World Health Organization

Dr Rolf Korte
Senior Health Policy Advisor
Deutschen Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

These meetings follow a March, 2009 stakeholder meeting in Berlin, where TDR and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development brought research, funding and policy experts together to develop a conceptual framework for equitable partnerships that improve health research. The Summit meetings build on this framework, with a more specific focus on implementation research to identify how best to get new interventions into the field and scaled up for national use.

The World Health Summit, inaugurated in 2009, is the annual conference of the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers and Medical Universities and National Academies. Hosted by the French and German governments, it is a gathering of leaders from academia, politics, industry and civil society to develop joint strategies and take action to address key challenges in medical research, global health and health care delivery, with the aim of shaping the political, academic and social agendas.

For more information about the two TDR-supported meetings at the World Health Summit, contact Dr Garry Aslanyan.

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