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[afro-nets] Shape WHO guidance on maternal and perinatal health

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HIFA2015 and WHO collaboration: shape WHO guidance on maternal and perinatal 

Dear HIFA2015 and CHILD2015 members,

We call on you to help ensure that WHO meets the technical and information 
needs of member states and the international community to reduce maternal and 
perinatal mortality. Great importance is placed on formal WHO guidance (e.g. 
evidence-based clinical guidelines), to inform policies and practices 
worldwide. Therefore, it is essential that WHO guidance is accessible, 
relevant, high-quality and up-to-date. 

WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) is in the process of 
gathering feedback from key stakeholders across the world, with two objectives: 
- To identify priority areas of maternal and perinatal health where WHO 
guidance should focus in the future. 
- To identify how to improve the content of, and access to, WHO guidance to 
support the reduction of maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity.

Over the next two weeks we will discuss FIVE QUESTIONS on HIFA2015. We shall 
introduce a new question every three days. The FIRST QUESTION we would like to 
discuss is related to HEALTH SYSTEMS: 

QUESTION 1. What evidence-based guidance is needed to support the effective 
organization and management of maternal and perinatal services at the primary 
health care and community level? What is missing? For example is there 
sufficient guidance on whether to and how to establish mobile clinics and 
maternity waiting homes? How to create effective referral systems? How to 
promote community demand driven quality? 

The dialogue is also your chance to provide feedback on the evidence based 
guidance that *you* need. During this discussion you may like to consider: (a) 
whether you currently use WHO evidence-based guidance in your work; (b) whether 
current WHO guidance is adequate and useful; and (c) how content and access of 
future WHO guidance may be improved.

The information received will be collated by WHO and partners, published and 
used to inform future priority topics within WHO`s agenda. A summary of the 
results will be provided to HIFA2015. 

We look forward to working with HIFA2015 and engaging with you in this 
discussion. Please send your responses directly to HIFA2015 

Cordelia Coltart, Margaret Usher-Patel and Metin Gülmezoglu WHO Reproductive 
Health and Research

HIFA2015 profile: Cordelia Coltart is an Academic Clinical Fellow at the London 
School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University College London 
Hospital. She is completing a Master in Public Health at Harvard University and 
is currently doing an internship at WHO Geneva, seconded from the Council of 
Women World Leaders Graduate Fellowship Program in Public Health. Her interests 
include maternal health, infectious diseases and disaster relief medicine. 
coltartc AT

HIFA2015 profile: Maggie Usher-Patel works with the Integrating Best Practice 
Initiative at WHO headquarters, Geneva. The goal of the IBP Initiative is to 
improve access and quality of reproductive healthcare through a systematic 
approach focused on developing and supporting strategies that introduce, adapt 
and apply evidence based practices in reproductive health. usherpatelm AT

HIFA2015 profile: Metin Gulmezoglu is medical officer in charge of Mapping Best 
Practices at the Reproductive Health and Research department at WHO Geneva. He 
also coordinates the Reproductive Health Library. gulmezoglum AT 

Cordelia Coltart
WHO Reproductive Health and Research

Margaret Usher-Patel
WHO Reproductive Health and Research

Metin Gülmezoglu
WHO Reproductive Health and Research

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