Scaling up Efforts for Maternal and Newborn Health

As originally seen on Girls' Globe.

On September 25th, during UNGA week, Johnson & Johnson hosted an event in collaboration with Save the Children, March of Dimes, and The MDG Health Alliance. Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief at the Lancet, led the conversation to discuss how we can create success in the status of maternal and newborn health.

The dynamic conversation between leaders in the field agreed that we must invest in prevention, as well as care. Christopher Howson, VP at March of Dimes emphasized that prevention has been neglected, a lot because it is invisible, hard to measure, and not dramatic. If we succeed with prevention, including investing in adolscents’ health literacy, we will see unique benefits.

A success in prevention and care in the post-2015 agenda means reaching the most vulnerable, utilizing and replicating successful interventions, creating innovative solutions and collaborating through multi-sectorial partnerships. In order to truly understand if we are being successful with improving maternal and newborn health, we need to capture the data that shows who the most vulnerable populations are and address the challenges for them.

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