Maternal and reproductive health

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.

Improving the Quality of Care for Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health in South-East Asia Region

A Regional Framework
The Regional Framework on improving quality of care for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) aims to position quality of care at the centre of universal health coverage and in post- 2015 development priorities and ensure quality of care receives the attention it deserves. The structured framework and assessment tools developed consensually to establish a quality improvement (QI) process with which the Member States could achieve the global standards of RMNCAH continuum at all levels of care and aims to achieve “effective coverage” in the Region and matches with the advocacy for concerted efforts to accelerate progress towards achievement of MDGs 4 and 5. This framework will be useful for partner agencies, professional associations and other national stakeholders.

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

World Health Organization

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