Meeting of SEAR Technical Advisory Group (SEAR-TAG) 2015
New Delhi, India, 15 – 18 December 2015
The South-East Asia Regional Technical Advisory Group (SEAR-TAG) has been established by the Regional Director for providing technical guidance for accelerating reduction in newborn, child and maternal mortality in the Region. SEAR-TAG consists of 12 eminent technical experts from global and regional levels. The first meeting was held on 15-18 December 2015.
The focus in this meeting was on addressing the issue of high newborn mortality in the Region through the global approach of every newborn action plan that will have additional benefits of reduction in stillbirths and maternal mortality. Key thematic areas for deliberations in the meeting included: Expanding coverage of essential interventions and reaching the unreached, improving quality of care, engaging communities and improving accountability towards health of women, newborns and children.
Call to end preventable newborn, child and maternal mortality in South-East Asia Region
During the meeting a Regional H4+ Joint Statement for ending preventable newborn, child and maternal mortality was released by the Regional Directors of the six H4+ agencies: WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank, UNAIDS and UN WOMEN on 16 Dec 2015.
In this meeting a shared understanding has evolved among diverse stakeholders to focus on universal access to good quality services around the time of childbirth and first few days thereafter since a large number of newborn and maternal deaths are known to occur around this time. The SEAR-TAG meeting has put forth recommendations for action at regional and country levels and areas of technical assistance from WHO and Partners have been also been identified.