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Forging a consensus on ending preventable maternal mortality

Mother with her newborn baby

In April 2014, United Nations agencies, donors, country stakeholders and other development partners met in Bangkok, Thailand for a “Consultation on targets and strategies for ending preventable maternal mortality (EPMM)”. The discussions were the culmination of earlier technical consultations that employed specific analytical methods to define feasible maternal mortality targets. The EPMM Working Group is now inviting comments on the draft paper “Strategies toward ending preventable maternal mortality”.

WHO and UNFPA workshop to strengthen capacity for a public health approach to prevention and response to violence against women in East Africa

Participants working in groups during the workshop

17-20 June 2014: The purpose of the workshop was to strengthen participants’ understanding of and skills in applying concepts, evidence and guidelines for addressing violence against women as public health problems. Participants included representatives from Ministries of Health, Gender, other relevant Ministries, civil society and UN partners from seven East African countries including: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

HRP Alliance for research capacity strengthening

June 2014: The HRP Alliance was endorsed by HRP’s Policy and Coordination Committee. The HRP Alliance will enhance regional networking while continuing research capacity strengthening with both a thematic and methodological focus and a long-term vision. The Alliance will bring HRP’s research capacity strengthening work together with the research partners who have been associated with HRP from institutions both in the North and the South.

A systematic review of the Robson Classification for caesarean section: What works, doesn’t work and how to improve it

Surgeons preparing patient for cesarean section

Caesarean section rates continue to increase worldwide, particularly in middle- and high-income countries without evidence indicating substantial maternal and perinatal benefits from the increase and some studies showing negative consequences for maternal and neonatal health. The lack of a standardized internationally-accepted classification system to monitor and compare CS rates in a consistent and action oriented manner is one of the factors that has hindered a better understanding of this trend.

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Technical Support to Accelerate Introduction of New Safe and Effective HIV Prevention Products for Women (Microbicides)

Knowledge to action (or implementation) seed grants: to support adaptation and implementation of WHO maternal and perinatal clinical practice guidelines in low- and middle-income countries

WHO and ICPD beyond 2014

Contributing to redefining the global agenda in sexual and reproductive health and an opportunity for the global community to address remaining challenges.