Join MOMENTUM at the Global Health Science and Practice Technical Exchange

Published on April 16, 2021

From Wednesday, April 21 to Saturday, April 24, 2021, MOMENTUM will join the Global Health Science and Practice Technical Exchange (GHTechX). This annual event, hosted by USAID and the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, convenes a diverse group of global health researchers, practitioners, and students to participate in sessions highlighting innovative topics, implementation science, and other cutting-edge content. Register here!

Staff from four MOMENTUM projects—Country and Global Leadership, Integrated Health Resilience, Knowledge Accelerator, and Safe Surgery in Family Planning and Obstetrics—will present at six sessions throughout the conference.

Learn more about each of these sessions below. Please note that you must be registered for the conference to access the links.

The Silent Burden: Maternal Mental Health

Wednesday, April 21, 12:15-1:15 p.m. EST

Featuring Patricia Gomez, Senior Maternal and Newborn Health Technical Advisor at MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership; and Neena Khadka, Newborn Focal Point at MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership

Did you know that maternal mental health (MMH) disorders are the leading complication of pregnancy and childbirth globally? Or that maternal depression is the second leading cause of disease burden among women worldwide? Probably not, because MMH is a silent burden that has yet to receive the political and programmatic attention it warrants from the global maternal, newborn, and child health community. In this session, you will gain insight into the impact of poor MMH in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and its links with poor newborn, infant, and child health outcomes, including pre-term birth, low birth weight, reduced exclusive breastfeeding, stunting, undernutrition, higher rates of diarrheal disease, and reduced completion of recommended immunization. Presenters will share examples of evidence-based best practices and interventions currently implemented in LMICs and present plans from MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership to convene an expert technical consultation and establish an MMH global community of practice.

Karen Kasmauski/MCSP

Integrated Health Resilience: Building Better, Building Stronger

Wednesday, April 21, 12:45-1:00 p.m. EST

Featuring Mesrak Nadew, Resilience Lead at MOMENTUM Integrated Health Resilience

This session will introduce the concept of “integrated health resilience” and explore how MOMENTUM Integrated Health Resilience has built upon existing definitions of resilience in health systems and expanded them to include individuals, facilities, and communities. The presentation will share the theories and models developed to address key components of this new definition.

Allison Shelley/Lutheran World Relief

Towards a Fistula-Free Generation: Connecting Women to Knowledge and Care

Thursday, April 22, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EST

Featuring Vandana Tripathi, Project Director at MOMENTUM Safe Surgery in Family Planning and Obstetrics

Achieving a fistula-free generation requires both the treatment of existing fistula and the prevention of future fistula. This session will draw on over 13 years of fistula prevention, treatment, and reintegration programming in over 11 countries through the Fistula Care and Fistula Care Plus projects. It will discuss barriers women experience in seeking, reaching, and accessing information and care, innovative approaches to address these barriers, and lessons learned to create a road map for future fistula–related programming and research.  This discussion will include the causes of and contributors to fistula occurrence, particularly the increasing role of unsafe surgery in causing fistula, the global prevalence of fistula, the role of catheterization in fistula prevention and treatment, and what holistic fistula care entails. The session will also present best practices to facilitate women’s, family, and community access to the information and care they need and identify enablers for successful programming. Presenters will share successful community strategies to connect women with knowledge about fistula prevention and treatment and available care. Presenters will also draw on global and country-specific experiences, including community engagement strategies employed in Uganda, and the research and piloting of an intervention that integrated an interactive voice response screening hotline and vouchers for transportation in Nigeria and Uganda.

Mubeen Siddiqui/MCSP

Beyond Survival: Improving In-Patient Care to Help Small and Sick Newborns Thrive

Friday, April 23, 6:00-7:00 a.m. EST

Featuring Neena Khadka, Newborn Focal Point at MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership

Nepal has made substantial investments to accelerate the reduction of newborn mortality and reach the country’s national and international commitments. Improving the care of small and sick newborns (SSNBs) has the potential for the greatest impact on ending preventable newborn deaths. The WHO recently published standards for improving the quality of care for SSNBs in health facilities, providing guidance for countries to advance this critical area of care and improve newborn outcomes. In this session, participants will hear from Nepal’s ministry of health official, donors, and civil society about the current situation, how it compares with WHO standards, and their perspective on pragmatic solutions to further improve newborn health. The panelists will discuss bottlenecks, pragmatic solutions, opportunities, and approaches to advance Nepal’s newborn health agenda. The audience will be invited to join the discussions by posing questions to the panel and contributing their ideas to support Nepal’s efforts.

Karen Kasmauski/MCSP

Help Is Just A Text Away: Using Virtual Means to Expand WASH/IPC Facility Readiness

Friday, April 23, 6:00-7:00 a.m. EST

Featuring Julia Bluestone, Health Workforce Team Lead at MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership

This session will discuss how to use technology to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and infection prevention and control (IPC) behaviors and readiness.  MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership will highlight recent experiences and lessons learned on the use of artificial intelligence tools and free or open-source digital data collection, data dashboards, and virtual capacity-building tools and platforms.  The session will continue with a discussion on how existing tools can be leveraged to improve health care systems and program implementation, along with their potential shortcomings and future opportunities.

Emmanuel Attramah/PMI Impact Malaria

Adapting Your In-Person Training to a Distance Learning Format? We Can Help!

Friday, April 23, 10:15-11:15 a.m. EST

Featuring Christine Blaber, Project Manager and Distance Learning Specialist at MOMENTUM Knowledge Accelerator; and Reshma Naik, Senior Director for Knowledge Management and Translation at MOMENTUM Knowledge Accelerator

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the global health community to reconfigure conventional face-to-face training models to virtual ones. This dynamic session will address a critical information gap in making this transition effectively, highlighting actionable tips and insights collected from multiple projects, including MOMENTUM. Distance learning experts such as curriculum designers and experienced training facilitators will lead this session with reflections from recent training participants, including a reproductive health researcher from Senegal and a family planning youth advocate from Ethiopia. Panelists will build from two forthcoming resources: “Distance and Blended Learning: An Overview and Introduction to Assessing Resources, Needs, and Capacities” and “Distance and Blended Learning: Selecting Tools, Communication with Participants, and Assessing Training” to offer a series of practical strategies for planning, implementing, and assessing distance and blended learning training.

Karen Kasmauski/MCSP

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