On 4th October 2015, an MDSR workshop took place at the FIGO World Congress led by the World Health Organization and UNFPA in collaboration with FIGO (the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics). The workshop aimed to identify opportunities to strengthen MDSR implementation and the contribution of MDSR to Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality beyond 2015 by:
- Providing a forum to discuss and identify the opportunities and challenges facing MDSR implementation post-2015
- Sharing lessons from the field on selected key topics relevant to sustained MDSR implementation
- Identifying mechanisms and activities to strengthen global collaboration in MDSR implementation.
The workshop included presentations and “marketplace” discussion sessions on five themes. Please follow links to resources available from, or associated with, these sessions.
- Improving maternal death notification: Experiences from Uganda. Presented by Florina Serbanescu (CDC).
Data, communication and advocacy:
- Role of civil society in MDSR: experiences from India. Presented by Subha Sri (CommonHealth, India). Click here to read a related civil society report on maternal deaths in India from CommonHealth.
- How to communicate the message? Role of advocacy in communicating in MDSR. Presented by Sara Bandali (E4A).
- Data innovations and visualization: Using scorecards to measure the strength of Maternal Death Review (MDR) systems in Nigeria and inform MDSR in Sierra Leone. Hosted by Tunde Segun (E4A) and Mohamed Yilla (E4A)
- Data innovation and communication: Experiences from India. Hosted by Ajey Bhardwaj (Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India). Click here to read a related article on the development of an electronic MDR system in India.
- The role of funding agencies in MDSR support. Presented by USAID.
Professional society involvement:
- The role of professional bodies and government agencies in MDSR: The Malaysia Experience. Presented by Dr Ravichandran Jeganathan (Ministry of Health, Malaysia).
- Professional society involvement: The UK experience. Hosted by Dr Paul Fogarty (Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists). The Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists (RCOG) works to improve women’s health care across the world. Founded in 1929, the RCOG now have over 13,500 members worldwide and works with a range of partners both in the UK and globally to improve the standard of care delivered to women, encourage the study of obstetrics and gynaecology (O&G), and advance the science and practice of O&G. Click here to read more about the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists.