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Seminar presentations: Maternal and perinatal survival in crisis settings

We invite you to watch the presentations below from the seminar series “Innovations in maternal and perinatal health in humanitarian settings: Exploring evidence and innovations to improve maternal and newborn survival among populations affected by humanitarian crises”.


Seminar 2: Applying maternal death surveillance and response in crisis settings

Nadine Cornier with UNFPA, Turkey, describes approaches to measure and respond to maternal mortality in humanitarian settings.

Rajat Khosla with the World Health Organization, discusses the value of maternal death surveillance and response (MDSR) to improve data and systems in crisis settings.

Eleanor Brown with Options, presents the value of participatory ethnographic evaluation research (PEER) as a tool to triangulate maternal death surveillance and response (MDSR) findings in conflict-affected settings.


Seminar 1: Innovations to improve maternal and newborn death surveillance to respond to future Ebola outbreaks

Dr Benjamin Black, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Médecins Sans Frontières, talks about the provision of maternal and newborn care during the Ebola.

Laura Sochas, Mphil/PhD candidate, Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics, discusses a method to estimate the number of indirect maternal and newborn deaths during a humanitarian crisis.

Ebola, and maternal and newborn health and mortality

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It was an honour to have hosted a seminar co-organised by the Global MDSR Action Network and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine’s Centre for Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive, and Child Health and Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre where three speakers shared their experiences working in maternal health during the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone: Dr Chris Lewis, a general practitioner by training and Health Advisor with Department for International Development during the outbreak; Laura Sochas, a Global Health Researcher with the London School of Economics  formerly with Options;  and Dr Benjamin Black, an obstetrician and gynaecologist with vast experience in crisis settings, who was working with Médecins Sans Frontières in Sierra Leone at the time of the crisis. Continue reading