Join TRAction at the First Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference in Mexico City

Mexico City: October 18-21, 2015, the Secretariat of Health of Mexico, together with fifteen other convening partners, will host the first-ever Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference. The conference focuses on the provision of health care to all women and newborns and explores strategies for improving equity, integration, and quality related to maternal and newborn care.

The USAID|Translating Research into Action (TRAction) Project will join technical implementers, policymakers, researchers, and practitioners from over 50 countries to understand and respond to the most urgent health needs of mothers and newborns. TRAction and its partners will present lessons learned in the areas of task shifting, performance-based incentives (PBI), and respectful maternal care (RMC).  

The panel session “Provider experiences in task shifting and performance-based incentives programs: implementation research on the implications for motivation, retention, and quality of maternal and neonatal care” is moderated by Kathleen Hill from USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program, Jhpiego and includes TRAction partners: Shanon McNab from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; Frank Taulo from the University of Malawi College of Medicine, Center for Reproductive Health; Julia Lohmann from the Institute of Public Health, University of Heidelberg; and April Williamson from Results for Development.

The panel session “Differentials in the utilization and quality of maternal and newborn care: uncovering inequities” is moderated by Mary Ellen Stanton from USAID and includes the following TRAction colleagues and collaborators: Kate Ramsey from Columbia University’s Averting Maternal Death and Disability program; Ali Karim from the JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.; Emily Peca of the USAID|TRAction Project, University Research Co., LLC; Heather Buesseler from the American Refugee Committee; and Charlotte Warren from Population Council.

In addition, TRAction Technical Advisor Emily Peca will present a poster on the impact of perceived quality of care on care seeking among women from rural indigenous communities in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. Women from these communities largely give birth at home, and Ms. Peca’s research uncovers how disrespectful and abusive care, and perceived need for facility-based childbirth influences future intention to give birth in a health facility. 

Visit the TRAction Project Website for further information about TRAction’s contributions to this highly anticipated conference. GMNH conference organizers have also provided opportunities to engage online through webcasts of and live coverage on social media.

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A mother and infant at Lugoda Hospital. This mother and child are waiting to see their health provider for a well child visit. © 2009 Virginia Lamprecht, Courtesy of Photoshare
October 16, 2015
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