Maternal and reproductive health

Regional Meeting to Strengthen Capacity in the new WHO family planning guidelines: Towards universal reproductive health coverage in SDGs era

17th-19th April, 2017, New Delhi, India
The progress made towards the implementation of family planning programmes in the WHO South East Asia Region was reviewed during the ‘Regional Meeting to Strengthen Capacity in the new WHO family planning guidelines: Towards universal reproductive health coverage in SDGs era’ held on 17th to 19th April, 2017 in New Delhi, India. The regional meeting brought together national family planning programme managers from ministries of health from 10 of the 11 SEAR Member States who were oriented on the new updated WHO guidelines and tools on family planning, including but not limited, to the medical eligibility criteria (MEC 5th edition), training resource package(TRP) and the postpartum family planning compendium(PPFP). This report presents the highlights of the meeting including technical review by experts and recommendations for optimal implementation of the latest evidence –based family planning interventions at the national level with specific focus on countries with high burden of maternal and neonatal mortality.

Strengthening Country Capacity on Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response

Report of a South-East Asia Regional Meeting
16–18 February 2016, Maldives

Despite significant reduction (of more than 60%) in maternal and child mortality, our Region missed achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5.

In response, a Regional flagship priority has been established for ending preventable maternal and neonatal mortality. To advance the flagship, the Regional Meeting to Strengthen Capacity on Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response (MPDSR) was held in Maldives on 16–18 February 2016 to fortify the South-East Asia regional capacity and support country-level actions for maternal and perinatal death surveillance and response (MPDSR) to end preventable maternal and perinatal deaths.

The MPDSR meeting provided an opportunity for all SEAR countries to develop a 5-year term plan, a 3-year term plan and a plan for 2016 for implementing and expanding MPDSR in each country. The key message in expanding MPDSR was: “Think big, start small and grow slowly”. 

Family Planning in South-East Asia

Family Planning is central to securing good health and autonomy of women. Family planning allows individuals and couples to have the desired number of children and to plan the spacing of pregnancies. It is achieved through use of contraceptive methods and the treatment of infertility. A woman's ability to space and limit her pregnancies has a direct impact on her survival, health and well-being as well as on the outcome of each pregnancy. Family planning enables a woman to prevent unintended pregnancy, thus reduces the need for unsafe abortion. This document contains country-wise fact sheets on the current situation of family planning services in countries of the South-East Asia Region. It also addresses challenges and opportunities at national level in family planning programme. The available national level informational on contraceptive prevalence rate, unmet need, adolescent fertility and current efforts at national level, has been collated for each member country of South-East Asia Region.

Regional Meeting to strengthen capacity on maternal and perinatal death surveillance and response (MPDSR)

The Regional Meeting to Strengthen Capacity on Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response was held in Maldives on 16-18 February 2016, with a general objective to strengthen regional capacity to support country level actions for maternal and perinatal death surveillance and response (MPDSR) to prevent maternal and perinatal deaths. The draft global perinatal death review was introduced during this meeting.

Participant of this meeting were from the Ministry of Health from member states, representatives from partners, including UN and international partners, professional organisations, academic, WHO collaborating centres and WHO country office focal points. This regional meeting provided an opportunity for all SEA countries to develop a 5-year term plan, a 3-year term plan and a plan for 2016 for implementing and expanding MPDSR in each country.

Recent highlights

Maternal death review

Study on the implementation of maternal death review in five countries in the South-East Asia Region of the World Health Organization

Mapping abortion policies

Mapping abortion policies, programmes and services in the South-East Asia Region

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