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Despite substantial progress has been made, MDG4 (Reducing child mortality) and MDG5 (Reducing maternal motality and achieving universal access to reproductive health) will not be achieved and maternal and neonatal health will remain a global health priority well past 2015. Efforts to accelerate progress need to continue. Stronger leadership and political support in the settings that are most lagging behind are prerequisites for successful completion of those global targets.

We believe it is important that a wide range of research and academia stakeholders unite behind the ambitious but achievable goal of accelerating the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality. Building on a previous academic collaboration, three institutions with recognised expertise and dedication to improving maternal and neonatal health, the Maternal Health Task Force at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH), Aga Khan University (AKU), and the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), have joined forces around a new academic alliance to launch the Safe Mothers and Newborns. Accelerating the Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality: A Leadership Workshop.  

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The goal of the workshop is to increase the capacity of key players in the field of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) from high burden countries to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality by upgrading their technical knowledge and leadership skills.

Workshop General Objective

To provide country level key players with the information and skills necessary to improve policies, programmes and interventions aimed to accelerate progress in reducing maternal and neonatal mortality in the settings where they are most lacking/needed

WorkshopLearning Objectives

Participants will acquirea deep understanding of:

  • The main determinants and global trends in maternal and neonatal mortality. The repertoire of evidence based interventions to improve maternal and newborn health and survival, as well as potential delivery platforms.
  • The necessary steps for the development, deployment and evaluation of RMNCH policies and programmes.
  • The available metrics for monitoring and evaluating progress, and indicators to assess quality and coverage of interventions for maternal and newborn health.

...and willdevelop and strengthen:

  • Their problem solving and analytical skills to lead, design, implement and improve policies and strategies in the countries where they work.

The contentsProgramme

Teaching ApproachesPolicy and Public Health Focus

The workshop will include a wide range of teaching approaches and techniques, such as lectures, vignettes and analysis of selected readings. The workshop will be highly participatory and will involve in-depth and moderated discussions, panels, case-studies, simulations and problem-solving exercises grounded in participants’ experiences and relevant for their needs. The workshop will have a policy and public health focus, and will not specifically include clinical contents. 

A list of selected materials will be made available to participants before the workshop as required readings.

Faculty will be asked to prepare the sessions as lectures, complemented with vignettes and/or case studies. Moreover, in order to match the workshop’s program with the participants’ needs and expectations, during the selection process prospective participants will be asked to describe in a structured way the most urgent RMNCH issues they face in their settings. 

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The TracksA Multidisciplinary Workshop

This multidisciplinary workshop will include concepts, methods and evidence from epidemiology, policy, health systems, implementation science, management, leadership skills building, advocacy and resource mobilization. Proposed session topics have been distributed into 5 tracks:

  1. Biomedical & social determinants of maternal and perinatal health
  2. Health systems
  3. Health management
  4. Leadership for policy making and program management
  5. Leadership for Advocacy, Communication and Resource mobilisation

Each track is developed throughout one day (Monday to Friday). It is envisioned that during the AM hours the basic RMNCH topics will be covered through lectures whilst the PM hours will be primarily devoted to problem solving skills development and discussion of case studies.

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Practical informationWhen & Where

The WorkshopDates and Venue

The inaugural edition of the workshop will be held from June 28 to July 3, 2015 in in Barcelona, Spain. 2016 and 2017 editions of the workshop will take place at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, US and the Aga Khan University in Nairobi, Kenya, respectively.

Barcelona Venue

CaixaForum Barcelona
Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8
08038 Barcelona


Venue info

The WorkshopDuration

One week-long intensive training course. Arrival of participants: Saturday. Registration, course opening and networking event: Sunday. Program will run Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 18:00 hours.