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The Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA), the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Global Health Initiative and Environmental Change and Security Program, the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF), and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have announced  the fourth event of the series on Advancing Policy Dialogue on Maternal Health.

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The event, Family Planning in Fragile States: Overcoming Cultural and Financial Barriers, will be held on April 29th in Washington DC. Speakers include Nabila Zar Malick, Director of Rahnuma Family Planning Association of Pakistan; Karima Tunau, OB/GYN with Usmanu Danpodiyo Hospital; Grace Kodindo, Assistant Professor of Population and Family Health at Columbia University; and Sandra Krause, Reproductive Health Program Director with the  Women’s Refugee Commission.
“…Countries threatened by conflict rank lowest on maternal and newborn health indicators and have fewer resources for reproductive health services such as family planning and emergency obstetric care. Improving access to sexual and reproductive health services in fragile states may challenge cultural beliefs and gender relations within a country. Program managers, policymakers, and donors can mitigate these tensions through culturally sensitive approaches and increased female participation during peacebuilding efforts…”

For event details, information on how to RSVP , and information on how to watch the  live or archived webcast, read the full announcement here.

For more information on the series, click here.

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Last week, Dr. Blanc, Director of the Maternal Health Task Force, attended a workshop on the evidence base for clean birth kits in London–and this week, she blogs about it on the MHTF Blog.   

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“…Many questions were raised by participants about whether clean birth kits represent a good investment for maternal and newborn health. There was some concern expressed about the potential for birth kits to be an ‘expensive diversion’ away from much needed work on strengthening health systems, although some could also imagine ways in which birth kits could be used as a strategy for improving the quality of care in health facilities…”

Read the full post, A Good Idea or an Expensive Diversion? Workshop on the Evidence Base for Clean Birth Kits.

The workshop was organized by Immpact/University of Aberdeen and Saving Newborn Lives/Save the Children.

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The Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) and the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) have announced their 2010 conference on maternal health.

The conference will be held in New Delhi, India from August 30th to September 1st.   The two organizations will bring together approximately 500 maternal health experts and members of allied fields to discuss lessons learned, neglected issues, and innovative thinking to improve global challenges in maternal health.

For details, click here.

About the MHTF
“The Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth contributes to shaping collective efforts to improve maternal health worldwide. Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the MHTF serves as a catalyst to address one of the most neglected areas in global health. ”

About PHFI
“The Public Health Foundation of India uses a broad, integrative approach to public health. It works to build institutional capacity in India for strengthening training, research and policy development in the area of public health.”

For information on additional conferences in 2010 that will focus on maternal health, click here.

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On Thursday, February 25th, 2010, Dr. Jeremy Shiffman, member of the Maternal Health Task Force Editorial Committee, presented his research on issue ascendance in global health for MHTF partners and EngenderHealth staff at the EngenderHealth offices in New York. His presentation was titled, Issue Ascendance in Global Health: The Case of Newborn Survival.

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Jeremy Shiffman explains the three categories of his framework for understanding issue ascendance in global health.

Listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of Jeremy’s presentation.

Visit our other blog, the MHTF blog, for more info on Jeremy’s presentation–including his ppt. slides.

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WATCH THE LIVE WEBCAST TODAY AT THIS LINK.


The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Global Health Initiative, the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) at EngenderHealth, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have announced the third event, Maternal and Newborn Health as a Priority for Strengthening Health Systems, in their series, Advancing Policy Dialogue on Maternal Health.

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The event will be held on March 8th, 2010 from 3-5pm at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.

About the Event
“Increasing investments for strengthening health systems requires improved donor coordination and additional research to help guide decisions about where investments will have the greatest return. The inclusion of key maternal health indicators such as access to emergency obstetric care is an important strategy to improving health systems and encourages the implementation of priority evidence-based interventions.”

Presenters
Julio Frenk, Dean of the Harvard University School of Public Health; Helen de Pinho, Assistant Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health at Columbia University; and Agnes Soucat, Senior Health Economist & Lead Advisor for Health, Nutrition and Population with the World Bank, will be presenting.

Visit the MHTF Blog for more information, including a PDF invitation, RSVP information–and info on how to watch live or archived videos of this event.

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Visit the MHTF blog for a message from Ann K. Blanc, Director of the Maternal Health Task Force, on International Women’s Day


Ann questions why the global health community doesn’t commit to the global eradication of preventable maternal deaths and renews the MHTF commitment to working with others in the maternal health field to improve global maternal health. 

Read her post.

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In November, the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) at EngenderHealth launched a website with the goal of increasing communication and knowledge sharing within the international maternal health community—and the larger global health community.

Now, they [or “we” considering I work there!] want to know if the website is serving it’s purpose. Please take this ten question survey and let the MHTF know your thoughts on how useful the site is for you and your colleagues—and how it can be improved.

Click here to learn more about the various projects the MHTF is involved in.

Also, take a look at the MHTF Partner Channel to learn more about the work of over 30 organizations working to improve international maternal health.

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The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Global Health Initiative, the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) at EngenderHealth, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have announced the third event, Maternal and Newborn Health as a Priority for Strengthening Health Systems, in their series, Advancing Policy Dialogue on Maternal Health.

MHTF Blog
The event will be held on March 8th, 2010 from 3-5pm at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

About the Event
“Increasing investments for strengthening health systems requires improved donor coordination and additional research to help guide decisions about where investments will have the greatest return. The inclusion of key maternal health indicators such as access to emergency obstetric care is an important strategy to improving health systems and encourages the implementation of priority evidence-based interventions.”

Presenters
Julio Frenk, Dean of the Harvard University School of Public Health; Helen de Pinho, Assistant Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health at Columbia University; and Agnes Soucat, Senior Health Economist & Lead Advisor for Health, Nutrition and Population with the World Bank, will be presenting.

Visit the MHTF Blog for more information, including a PDF invitation, RSVP information–and info on how to watch live or archived videos of this event.

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