Every Newborn Action Plan: Writing Meeting (3-5 October 2013 ¦ London)

3-5 October 2013 ¦ London

In order to further develop the draft of the Action Plan for submission to the WHO Executive Board in October 2013, and to advance progress on The Lancet series that is planned to coincide with the launch of the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) at the World Health Assembly in May 2014, a meeting of the Every Newborn Core Group members involved in the drafting of the Action Plan and The Lancet series was held in London on 3 to 5 October 2013, at the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilization.

Every Newborn Action Plan development

Thursday 3 October

On the first day of the meeting , the outline of the Action Plan was discussed in detail. Issues raised included the importance of ensuring mention of integration into existing platforms is included throughout the document; including stillbirths, quality of care, respectful care, coverage of quality care (including involvement of private sector). Improving care for women and babies at the critical time around birth (24 hours) will be the main message of the plan.

The first submission will be to the World Health Organization Executive Board in mid-November, followed by feedback from the Executive Board. This would provide an opportunity for inputs from other groups before being revised and submitted to the World Health Assembly in May.

The reorganising of the Core and Advisory Groups was discussed:

  • Management team: This team will communicate on a daily basis and be responsible for the day-to-day coordination.
  • Steering group: This group provides more strategic guidance on the document and the process. There is a need for inclusion of higher-level champions who need to advocate/mention newborns as part of the global agenda. We should be instrumental in including more reproductive and maternal health experts. Some members from the current advisory group will be involved.
  • Every Newborn. We currently have about 45 members. A number of members supported country consultations. A face to face stakeholder meeting was suggested for early December to broaden and deepen engagement of partners, including those from the reproductive health and maternal community. It will focus on the review of the document and actions post-launch.

Each steering group member has been asked to designate a senior member of their advocacy and/or communications team to join the Every Newborn advocacy working group, chaired by PMNCH. The Advocacy Working Group is responsible for advising on political outreach strategy, producing advocacy and communication materials to support the overall Every Newborn effort, supporting the public consultation effort and relevant events, including the launch in spring 2014. The Advocacy Working Group will consider adding additional consultancy support as the pace of activity increases through the coming year.

Friday 4 October

The revised outline of the Action Plan and key messages based on discussions was presented on day two of the meeting, along with how this would be taken forward. Country case studies will be included, but given space restrictions in the Action Plan, more detail can be included in PLOS paper and on the webpage.

An overview of the analysis inputs to the ENAP and Lancet series papers was presented by the analysis group leads:

Country data – Country bottleneck analyses, which provide detailed information on the bottlenecks in countries and in some cases in at regional level.

Epidemiology – There was a discussion of the potential use of absolute and relative targets and a target setting working group will develop targets over the next two weeks.

Actions – This will include messages from different stakeholder communities and what has happened since last call for action. This paper should lead seamlessly into the ENAP and should try to get a high level political statement eg. heads of organizations, UN, state, mom bloggers to provide commentary.

Interventions – The extensive data from the systematic review on a number of potential interventions of interest was presented.

Saturday 5 October

On the final day, groups worked on various sections of the Action Plan and Lancet papers to further develop the content for each.

In addition, the potential launch of a Mother-Baby Friendly Initiative in May 2014 was discussed. This will be further explored with the IPA coalition, FIGO and the White Ribbon Alliance as they are also considering a similar initiative.

16 Oct- 8 Nov Draft Action Plan to be reviewed by Advisory group
25 Oct -6 Nov Online consultation on targets
14 Nov Every Newborn Action Plan to be submitted to WHA Executive Board
15 Nov World Prematurity Day – global day of action by all stakeholders, including health professionals, countries, UN, parent groups, and NGOs. To include global media and social media campaign.
Early Dec Every Newborn Stakeholder meeting (location/dates TBC)
13-17 Jan Action Plan presented to WHA Executive Board
Jan Action Plan revision following comments from Executive Board
Feb Regional Consultation on Action Plan in Tanzania/Malawi (TBC)
Feb-March Every Newborn enters public consultation
April Finalized Every Newborn Action Plan sent to production in anticipation of WHA
First week of May Launch of Lancet Every Newborn series
19-23 May Launch of Every Newborn Action Plan at the World Health Assembly


Meeting participants:

Rajiv Bahl, Zulfiqir Bhutta, Kim Dickson, Bernadette Daelmans, Gary Darmstadt, Suzanne Fourier, Lily Kak, Mary Kinney, Eve Lackritz, Joy Lawn, Liz Mason, Lori McDougall, Lee Pyne-Mercier, Joy Riggs-Perla, Aline Simen Kapeu, Linda Vesel, Severin von Xylander, Juana Willumsen.

The Core Group is made up of a broad group of partners, coordinated by UNICEF and the World Health Organization, and including The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Save the Children/Saving Newborn Lives, the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirths, Aga Khan University, UNFPA , USAID and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation.

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