First kick-off meeting of the Community of Practice for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Workers

11-13 December 2012, Yaoundé, Cameroon

The Alliance, along with UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO formally set up, through a first kick-off meeting, the establishment of a Community of Practice (CoP) on improving the situation of maternal, newborn and child health workers (MNCH). This MNCH CoP has been created as a sub-pillar of the Human resources for Health (HRH) CoP, established in 2008 by the Harmonization for Health in Africa (HHA) mechanism.

At the meeting, participants agreed on the mission, governance, and an action plan for the CoP. A steering committee has been established. Areas of intervention for 2013 were also discussed and adopted. Activities and actions will be carried out under the overall theme of improving quality of the RMNCH services by producing and distributing competent health workers in order to achieve universal coverage. The sub themes for activities in 2013 include:

  • Advocacy for the establishment of RMNCH program accreditation system in all African countries;
  • Updating the RMNCHW training program based on the ICM competencies in private and public training schools; and
  • Implementing a regulatory system for RMNCH services in order to improve the work environment.

It was agreed that the CoP will disseminate, through the new Alliance members’ platform, documentation on the priority topics, and will facilitate south to south sharing experiences, as well as organize discussions on the priority topics.

Consensus was also achieved that the Midwifery assessment country report data, when finalized be used for national planning and regional resource mobilization. A full report and with in-depth details is currently being prepared.

It was suggested that the next meeting take place in Recife in November 2013.