Global Maternal Newborn health Conference was held at the Hilton Reforma Mexico City, Mexico from 18 to 21 October 2015. The conference was sponsored by the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) at the Harvard School of Public Health, USAID’s flagship Maternal Child Survival Program (MCSP), and Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives program (SNL), in coordination and collaboration with a number of global and regional partners.

SMNF Board Member Sunil Shrestha attended the program from SMNF Nepal. He presented a PowerPoint Presentation on the activities done by SMNF on Respectful Maternity Care. As countries around the world prepared for a new set of ambitious targets to end preventable deaths, the maternal and newborn health communities had an ideal opportunity to consider successes and challenges, share lessons learned and technical updates, and set priorities for the way forward.

The conference had a technical focus, highlighting approaches and lessons from programs, policies, research, and advocacy for improving both maternal and newborn health. It provided a global forum to understand and respond to the most urgent health needs of mothers and newborns, focusing on three key themes: quality care; integration; and equity. The technical program for the conference was abstract-driven and sessions were grouped into six tracks.

The conference was attended by technical implementers, policymakers, researchers and practitioners from more than 50 countries submitted abstracts through a peer-review process. Additional participants included critical individuals from high-burden, low-income countries and convening partners who support implementation efforts worldwide.