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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.

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.”

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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The Maternal Health Task Force, UNFPA and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Global Health Initiative bring you a discussion on Human Resources for Maternal Health: Midwives, TBAs, and Task-Shifting

This event is the second in the series. It will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, January 06 2010, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C.

Click here to RSVP this event.

If you are interested, but unable to attend the event, check out the live or archived webcast here.

Event Details

Extending the scope of responsibilities to non-physician health workers is potentially an important means to reducing maternal deaths in the developing world. While this strategy has proven to be an effective method for addressing human resource gaps in maternal health, pitfalls such as inadequate training and lack of coordination among key actors must be addressed.

Dr. Seble Frehywot, assistant research professor of health policy and global health at George Washington University, will address the motivation and methods for task sharing. Dr. Jeffrey Smith, regional technical director for Asia at Jhpiego, will discuss his field work experience developing workforce plans for midwives and traditional birth attendants, including in Afghanistan. Finally, Pape Gaye, president & CEO of IntraHealth, will discuss the importance of retention and other long-term strategies in human resources for maternal health.

About the Series

The reproductive and maternal health community finds itself at a critical point, drawing increased attention and funding, but still confronting more than a half million deaths each year and a high unmet need for family planning. The Policy Dialogue series seeks to galvanize the community by focusing on important–and in some cases controversial–issues within the maternal health community.

Did you miss the first event in this series?

Don’t worry! You can watch the webcast or read a report on the event! The first event in this series was held in December. The topic was Integrating HIV/AIDS and Maternal Health Services.

To view the archived webcast, click here. To read a report about the event, click here.

Click here to view Integration is all the Buzz, a previous post on this blog that highlights current news about integration of maternal health services and discusses Integrating HIV/AIDS and Maternal Health Services.

More info

Visit the Maternal Health Task Force website here.

Visit the UNFPA website here.

Visit the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Global Health Initiative site here.

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The past few days have been full of news and blogs about the need to integrate maternal health services with HIV/AIDS, infant and child health programs and other allied fields. This buzz comes in the wake of the UNAIDS report released last week that presented data showing that HIV/AIDS is having a significant impact on maternal mortality in many parts of the world.  

Click here to see the Population Reference Bureau’s, “Five Good Reasons to Integrate Family Planning/Reproductive Health and HIV Services.”

Check out this Boston Globe editorial, “A changing fight against AIDS,” that explains why HIV/AIDS prevention programs must coordinate with measures to reduce maternal mortality and children’s infectious diseases.

This piece on RH Reality Check, “Getting Health Priorities Right: Towards a Sustainable Global AIDS Response,” paints the picture of an HIV positive woman in Botswana who must travel 30 kilometers by foot for HIV/AIDS services—and another 50 kilometers to find a clinic with contraceptives.

In this article also from RH Reality Check, “Bridging An Inexplicable Divide: Integrating Reproductive Health Services and the Global HIV/AIDS Response,” Jeffrey Sturchio makes the case for integrating family planning and HIV/AIDS services and provides four specific recommendations for integrating the care and increasing access.

Finally, click here to see comments from Ann Blanc, Director of the Maternal Health Task Force, about the first in a series of maternal health policy discussions at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. The topic of the discussion was Integrating HIV/AIDS and Maternal Health Services. Click here to see the archived webcast of the event.

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