Strategies for Improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

May 16, 2014
Frederic Gaspard Theatre
Basic Medical Sciences Building
University of Manitoba, Bannatyne Campus

The past two decades have seen remarkable advances in scientific knowledge and technologies and medical innovations designed to improve maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH). Despite these advances in knowledge and technologies, substantial investments in public health programs, global progress in improving MNCH and reducing disparities has not met expectations and goals. In particular, progress among the poorest and most marginalized populations continues to lag, with continued disparities in health outcomes. This is due to complex multi-level factors that increase vulnerability to poor health outcomes and impede access to the potential benefits of health programs and services. There is, therefore, an imperative to optimize health policies and programs to more effectively and efficiently deploy health resources to address health disparities and mitigate their impact on the lives of those most affected by poor MNCH outcomes.

Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) is a main focus of the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Global Public Health (CGPH). As part of its core academic mission, the CGPH is committed to building and translating knowledge to improve outcomes in MNCH by using a platform of “program science”, which is based on applying scientific principles in the design, implementation and scaling up of effective health programs. The CGPH currently implements two large MNCH programs in India (funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) and an integrated MNCH and Nutrition program in Kenya (funded by Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development). These programs provide a platform for service, technical support, knowledge building and translation and capacity building.

The CGPH has organized a Symposium to share key strategies and lessons from global MNCH experience. We are pleased to welcome Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta as our Keynote Speaker. Dr. Bhutta is a foremost authority on global child health, and brings a wealth of experience as a researcher, program implementer and global policy leader.