Ending preventable maternal, newborn and child mortality: regional technical advisory group meeting. Recommendations and report, December 2015
AbstractUnder the Regional Flagship project on ending preventable maternal and child mortality with a focus on reducing newborn mortality, the WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia has appointed the Technical Advisory Group (SEAR-TAG) to provide guidance to national governments, implementing partners and other stakeholders on how best to accelerate implementation of strategies, and monitor these. The inaugural meeting of SEAR-TAG was organized on 15-18 December 2015 to evolve a shared understanding of priorities, challenges and high impact approaches for reducing newborn mortality. The focus on addressing the issue high newborn mortality through the global approach of every newborn action plan will have additional benefits of reduction in maternal mortality and stillbirths. All twelve SEAR-TAG members, RMNCAH nodal persons from the ministries of health from Member States, representatives of UN agencies and other partners, INGOS and NGOs, representatives of Professional associations (Pediatrics, Neonatology and Obstetrics) and WHO Collaborating Centres participated in the meeting. There were deliberations to examine and identify ways to address three areas: coverage and equity gap in terms of low and uneven coverage of evidence-based interventions; quality gap in terms of inadequate quality of care; and an accountability gap in terms incomplete registration of births and deaths of mothers and newborns as well as stillbirths. The report provides the summary of proceedings of the SEAR-TAG meeting and the recommendations.
Regional Office for South-East Asia, World Health Organization. (2016). Ending preventable maternal, newborn and child mortality: regional technical advisory group meeting. Recommendations and report, December 2015. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/246205
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