As we conclude the International Maternal Newborn Health Conference 2023, let us both reflect and launch into action, together.
Yesterday, we dreamed about how new approaches to care, research, and technologies can lead us to new opportunities to support our health care workers, to focus on perinatal mental health in addition to physical health, and to access information and education needed to accelerate improvements and innovations.
And we looked to the future at what lies ahead to make these dreams a reality, while still preparing for obstacles in a changing and complex world—from climate change, to humanitarian crises, to poverty.
Every two years, we will regroup, realign, and revisit effective mechanisms and approaches to integrated maternal and newborn care, improved quality of care, and equity.
We will use these two-year checkpoints to collaborate, take action, and make continuous progress towards our 2030 goals—and towards saving lives.
We imagine a world where every mother gets to hold their healthy baby.
We imagine a world where mothers and newborns don’t die from preventable causes.
We imagine a world where families and children not only survive, but can thrive.
And it’s not only about the future—it’s also about the NOW. This is all possible, if we work together.
All plenary sessions have been livestreamed in four languages (English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese). These sessions are now all available to watch on YouTube. WATCH IMNHC 2023 PLENARIES
News and announcements
Media New Gates-funded solution could reduce heavy postpartum bleeding by 60% Devex | 10 May Why Thousands Of Kenyan Women Still Die Giving Birth Citizen Digital | 11 May S Asia shows constant decline in maternal, newborn deaths amid global stagnation The Economic Times (India) | 11 May SA experiencing increased congenital abnormalities in newborns, says Phaahla News24 | 11 May ‘No progress’ in tackling premature births – UN SciDevNet | 11 May Global progress towards reducing maternal, newborn deaths stalls — hope lies in ‘accelerating together’ The Daily Maverick | 11 May Simple intervention for severe blood loss after childbirth is found to save lives The BMJ | 11 May Conflict, climate change, Covid, cost-of-living heighten threats for most vulnerable women, babies: UN report Times of India | 10 May Urgent action needed to address preterm births in Africa, according to UN report News24 | 11 May Global health experts call for renewed action to reduce maternal, newborn mortality Economic Times (India) | 12 May Publications Preventing and Addressing Stillbirths Along the Continuum of Care: A Global Advocacy and Implementation Guide | International Stillbirth Alliance
Reminders for delegates
Shuttle schedule Shuttles from conference hotels to the Cape Town International Airport will run today, 12 May. Shuttles will run from 04:00 until 19:00, departing hourly, with the last shuttle departing at 19:00. Please plan to leave on a shuttle at least three hours before your international flight or two hours before your domestic flight. An extra hour is recommended during peak traffic times, 16:00 – 18:00. Departure assistance staff will be dressed in event branded shirts holding signage at each hotel. Shuttles will be clearly marked with the event signage on both front and side windows. For more information, please click here. Safety If you experienced an incident related to safety, medical or conduct at the conference, please complete the IMNHC 2023 Incident Reporting Form. Whether you choose to include your name and contact information or not, all information in this form will remain confidential.