Event Series: Elevating Country Voices in the Global Dialogue on Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, and Family Planning

Published on March 11, 2022

Emmanuel Attramah/Jhpiego

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged health systems worldwide, making it harder for mothers, children, and communities to access the essential health care they need. In the face of these challenges, MOMENTUM partner countries are taking critical steps to keep health care accessible and improve health outcomes for mothers, newborns, children, and adolescents.

The Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative has collaborated with MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership to produce a three-part event series highlighting countries’ experiences promoting maternal, newborn, and child health services, voluntary family planning, and reproductive health care during the pandemic. Through this series, experts and key stakeholders from Ghana, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Sierra Leone have shared experiences and key learnings.

Event 1 (May 19, 2021)

Balancing the Power to Meet the Needs of ALL Women and Children

From reaching “zero-dose” children with immunizations in Pakistan to improving family planning access in Sierra Leone, panelists discussed country-led strategies to address equity and better meet the health needs of marginalized groups due to their gender, age, or socioeconomic status.

Event Summary blog (developed by Woodrow Wilson Center)

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Dominic Chavez/World Bank
Event 2 (February 1, 2022)

No Progress Without Quality: Country-Led Strategies to Improve Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health Outcomes

Panelists from Ghana, India, and Sierra Leone discussed country-led approaches to improving quality of care during the COVID-19 pandemic. They identified and examined learnings across key themes of quality of care: measurement, leadership and governance, capacity building, and accountability.

Event Summary blog (developed by Woodrow Wilson Center)

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Emmanuel Attramah/Jhpiego; Kobbie Blay/CHAG
Event 3 (June 14, 2022)

The Power of Partnerships: Country Perspectives for Sustainable Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, and Family Planning Programs

On Tuesday, June 14, 2022, MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership and the Wilson Center joined forces for a panel discussion on country perspectives on partnership principles, models, and mechanisms that can widen the MNCH/FP/RH tent and ultimately improve the reach, quality, and sustainability of MNCH/FP/RH programming. Panelists discussed lessons and insights on building equitable and empowering partnerships, deploying participatory and sustainable capacity development approaches, and fostering inclusive processes that support accountability. This event is the third and final event in the series.

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Allan Gichigi/MCSP

Want to learn more about how we’ve supported countries during the COVID-19 pandemic? Check out our COVID-19 resources here.

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