Maternal and child health in a development context – University of Copenhagen

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Maternal and child health in a development context

The seminar focuses on 'Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and Nutrition' (MNCHN) in a development context, and aims to shed light on:

  • What are the key elements in MNCHN concept? And what does it mean in a development context?

  • What are the current international trends in MNCHN?

  • Where does MNCHN have its place in development Practical examples: How can NGOs help? What are the positive experiences and challenges?

  • Danish development policy and MNCHN. What is Danida's strategy and priorities on Maternal and Child health? What knowledge and capacity does Danida have in this area? How can NGOs implement Danidas strategy in this area? What are the prospects post-2015?

Three inspiring expert speakers

Jerker Liljestrand M.D., Ph.D.

The first speaker has a long and broad experience within the field of MNCHN. Dr. Liljestrand is a former Maternal Health Specialist at the World Bank and former Maternal and Newborn Health and Safe Motherhood advisor at WHO. Dr. Liljestrand is currently team-leader for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) in University Research Company (URC) at a Better Health Services project in Cambodia as well as program co-coordinator of the Advanced International Training Programme on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at Lund University. Dr. Liljestrand will highlight key elements of MNCHN in a development context, current international trends and talk about good practice and challenges in implementation.

Jacqueline Bell, M.D Pediatrics

The second speaker is a trained pediatrician and has 16 years of experience in the implementation of maternal and child health programs from Sudan, Kenya and Afghanistan. Currently Dr. Bell works as MNCHN focal point for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Geneva, where she works to sharpen the Red Cross' profile in MNCH internationally. Dr. Bell has specific experience with MNCHN in 'ressource-poor settings' and will present the IFRC's latest MNCHN framework and give practical examples of how this is implemented and highlight best practices.

Gunta Lazdane, M.D Obstetrician and Gynecologist

The third presenter has many years of experience in reproductive health from previous positions as President of Latvia Sexual and Reproductive Health Association and as chairman of the Membership Committee of the International Planned Parenthood Federation. Dr. Lazdane is editor of the European sexual and reproductive health magazine "Entre Nous" and has since 2003 worked at the WHO Regional Office as regional adviser on sexual and reproductive health for 53 WHO Member States. Dr. Lazdane will highlight the WHO's approach to MNCHN and what conditions they are working from.


09.00 – 09.15: Welcome and introduction

09.15 – 10.30: Presentation by Dr Jerker Liljestrand

10.30 – 10.45: Coffee break

10.45 – 11.45: Presentation by Dr Jacqueline Bell

11.45 – 12.05: Presentation by Dr Gunta Lazdane

12.05 – 12.15: Short break with sandwich

12.15 – 13.00: Panel discussion with the presenters and representatives from Danida

Participation is free of charge, but please indicate if you are planning to come by sending an email to Simone Kofoed Clausen (from Maternity Worldwide) on no later than Monday 7 Januar 2013.