Africa Regional Meeting on Interventions for Impact in Essential Obstetric and Newborn Care

Organized by USAID’s flagship Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation–supported Oxytocin Initiative, and in collaboration with the WHO Africa Regional Office and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), this meeting will have a special focus on prevention and management of postpartum hemorrhage, pre-eclampsia, and newborn asphyxia. It will bring together policy leaders, experienced clinicians, and program managers to support accelerated implementation and expansion of maternal and newborn health programs in countries throughout Africa. The first portion of the meeting (February 21–23) will focus on sharing experiences in prevention and management of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) and pre-eclampsia and eclampsia (PE/E). The second portion (February 24–25) will focus on the development of experts and advocates to address newborn asphyxia, through expanding knowledge and skills in newborn resuscitation techniques and state-of-the-art newborn care interventions.

Overall meeting objectives are to:

Review and discuss programmatic experiences and progress in the implementation of PPH prevention and management programs in Africa.
Present and discuss global scientific and technical information on prevention, early detection, and management of PE/E.
Review and consider an appropriate programmatic platform for the scale-up of PPH reduction programs and the initiation or expansion of PE/E reduction programs that can be implemented at multiple levels of the health system.
Develop knowledge and skills related to newborn resuscitation and the implementation of the Helping Babies Breathe initiative.

More information can be found at http://www.mchip.net/addis2011

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Prof. S. Whitehall MSc
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Written by Prof. S. Whitehall MSc

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