The Working Party ISM&RH warmly welcome you to the symposium and party to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Working Party on International Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health.
In 1987 the Dutch Consultancy for Maternal and Child Health, including Family Planning, was founded. The absolute number of maternal deaths was still above 500,000; more than 90% in LMICs. We did not yet know about the Millennium Project, let alone the Sustainable Development Goals.
The former Consultancy is now called the Working Party on International Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health and is a committee under the board of both, the Netherlands Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health (NVTG), and the Dutch Society for Obstetrics and Gynaecology (NVOG). The activities that are undertaken under the umbrella of the Working Party can be grouped into four pillars: education, patient care, research, and advocacy.
In the past 3 decades investments in accelerating programmes to meet the needs of the world’s poorest have been extremely successful. Almost all targets of the Millennium Project, ranging from halving extreme poverty rates to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, have been reached. Whilst significant reductions of maternal and neonatal mortality were also measured, the fourth and the fifth millennium development goal have not been reached and safe motherhood is still unattainable for many women.
In order to further improve maternal and neonatal health timely access to quality (maternal and neonatal) health care, including family planning services, are needed. Members of the Working Party are still active in many different ways to contribute to reaching the goals of Safe Motherhood.
In the morning session of this symposium we will pay attention to the collaboration the Working Party set up with partners in Gondar area in Northern Ethiopia: Charles Ameh from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine will lecture about the Life Saving Skills in Emergency Obstetric Care training program, Tigist Mamo from World Vision Ethiopia will give an overview of the community programs in Gondar area, Birhanu Abera from Gondar University Hospital will give his views of the collaboration and Dutch members of the Working Party will present ongoing research activities.
In the afternoon session 4 PhD-candidates (3 of them will defend their theses during the week before the symposium!) will present their studies, which are all directed at improving access and quality of maternal and neonatal health services. The presenters in the afternoon-session are all employees of the John Hopkins Institute for Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics (Jhpiego), an international non-profit health organization affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University.
At the end of the symposium Dr. Harshad Sanghvi, the Chief Medical Officer of Jhpiego will address the audience with his keynote lecture about the role of (implementation) research in low and middle income countries.
The former Consultancy is now called the Working Party on International Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health and is a committee under the board of both, the, and the Dutch Society for Obstetrics and Gynaecology (NVOG). The activities that are undertaken under the umbrella of the Working Party can be grouped into four pillars: education, patient care, research and advocacy.
Is it time for a party afterwards? Yes, it is!!
Some of the younger members of the Working Party have organised a great party with drinks, dinner, music, dancingand most probably even some surprises that even I do not know about yet.
LUSTRUM SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM
9.00 – 9.45 Arrivals and registration
9.45 – 10.00 Opening of the Symposium – Jelle Stekelenburg
Collaboration with Gondar (moderator: Thomas van den Akker)
10.00 – 10.15 Introduction – Myrrith Hulsbergen
10.15 – 10.45 LSS-EmOC training – Charles Ameh
10.45 – 11.15 PAUZE
11.15 – 11.30 World Vision’s community programs in Gondar area – Tigist
11.30 – 11.45 Research in Gondar – Marcus Rijken
11.45 – 12.00 Student projects – Marieke Meulenbeld / Linda Barry
12.00 – 12.30 Collaboration in Gondar – Birhanu
12.30 – 13.00 Panel Discussion
13.00 – 14.00 LUNCH
Research projects and the Working Party (moderator: Mimosa Bruinooge)
14.00 – 14.15 Introduction of Jhpiego’s work by Young-Mi Kim or Linda Fogarty
14.15 – 14.35 Afghanistan Maternal and Newborn Health Quality of Care Assessment – Nasrat Ansari
14.35 – 14.55 Health work force performance; studies from Ethiopia – Tegbar Yigzaw
14.55 – 15.25 TEA BREAK
15.25 – 15.45 Effectiveness of task shifting of anesthesia services to a mid-level cadre in Ethiopia – Sharon Kibwana
15.45 – 16.05 Improving front line health workers performance in Ethiopia – Firew Ayalew
16.05 – 16.30 Panel Discussion
Introduction of the keynote speaker (Jelle Stekelenburg)
16.30 – 17.00 Keynote lecture by Harshad Shangvi (Jhpiego)
END OF SYMPOSIUM AND START OF LUSTRUM PARTY
LUSTRUM PARTY PROGRAM
17.00 – 18.30 Drinks
18.30 – 20.00 Dinner
20.00 – 0.00 Party night!
NORMAL PRICE: €100
STUDENT PRICE: €50
Prices are including day program, evening program and all drinks and food.
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