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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Global Maternal Health Conference 2010

This summer the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth and the Public Health Foundation of India are hosting the Global Maternal Health Conference 2010 in New Delhi, August 30—September 1. The meeting is expected to bring together approximately 500 maternal health experts and advocates for an unprecedented global technical and programmatic meeting focused exclusively on maternal health.

The Global Maternal Health Conference 2010 aims to build on gathering momentum around United Nations Millennium Development Goal #5, improving maternal health. The meeting is being designed to build consensus around what is needed to make real improvements in the health and lives of pregnant women.

A steering committee has been established and will be confirming the conference themes, and a call for abstracts will be issued soon. The organizers envision a robust youth presence, with the Young Champions of Maternal Health and Indian professionals recruited by the Public Health Foundation of India participating. A scholarship program is also planned to ensure broad participation from around the world.

Stay tuned to this space and the Maternal Health Task Force website for upcoming details.

1 comment:

online said...

This conference sounds good.
Health care remains another huge concern. According to a recent Planning Commission assessment, the shortfall of primary health centres and sub-centres in 2008 has remained almost the same as in 2005, and the number of auxiliary nurse midwives has, in fact, decreased over the same period. Today, there is a 50 per cent shortfall in trained health workers, radiographers, lab technicians and doctors. At the existing rate, only 62 per cent deliveries will be attended by skilled personnel by 2015 - with rural areas being particularly under-serviced.

Sanitation, unfortunately, has never been a policy priority for India despite that fact that drinking water contaminated by faecal matter is a major cause of child deaths. The Report admits that India has the lowest sanitation coverage in the world - in 2007-08, an estimated 66 per cent of rural households did not have toilet facilities."
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