Joint Regional Webinar Series: Continuity of Maternal and Newborn Services in Eastern and Southern Africa

WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA are hosting a series of joint webinars in sub-Saharan Africa to discuss and share the latest updates on efforts to ensure continuity of essential maternal and neonatal services during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The “1st Joint Regional Webinar: Continuity of Minimum Essential Maternal and Newborn Health Services at Health Facility Level in the Context of COVID-19” took place on April 9th to share guidance on the pandemic.

The objectives of the webinar were:

  • Share regional situation of COVID-19
  • Share highlights of the MNH guidance
  • Updates from few teams on their continuity plan for MNH services country
  • Q & A and discussion session
  • Next Steps

Webinar speakers included:

  • Assumpta Muriithi – Moderator
  • Fatima Gohar – Regional overview and need for regional guiding
    document
  • Muna Abdullah – Brief presentation of three approaches and the key
    highlights on flow charts for suspected or confirmed COVID19 during
    pregnancy
  • Nancy Kidula – Overview of annexes and monitoring mechanism

See below for a presentation and the webinar recording:

The 2nd Joint Regional Webinar took place on April 23rd to share updated regional implementation, technical reference and early learnings/experiences on the continuity of essential maternal and neonatal services.

The objectives of the webinar were:

  • Share updates on the regional situation of COVID-19
  • Share new additions on the joint regional MNH continuity of MNH services implementation technical reference
  • Share early learning and experiences from South Africa and Ethiopia
  • Q and A and discussion session

Webinar speakers included:

  • Assumpta Muriithi
  • Fatima Gohar
  • Professor Robert Pattinson
  • Nancy Kidula
  • Mahbub Ali
  • Muna Abdulla

See below for presentations and the webinar recording:

The “3rd Joint Regional Webinar: Monitoring the Continuity of MNH Services (Africa)” took place on May 7th to share early learnings and experiences in the region.

The objectives of the webinar were:

  • Share country experiences and efforts to ensure the monitoring of MNH services in South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe
  • Allow for Q&A and discussion among participants

Webinar speakers included:

  • Prof Bob Pattinson (Director, Maternal and Infant Health Care, SA MRC Emeritus Professor, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
  • Dr Davidzo Makosa (Acting Director for Family Health, MoHCC Zimbabwe)
  • Malalay Ahmadzai (Health Manage, UNICEF Uganda)

See below for presentations, webinar recording and event flyer:

The “4th Joint Regional Webinar: Key Consideration for Early Essential Newborn Care During COVID-19 Outbreak” took place on May 21 to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on maternal and newborn health services.

The objectives of the webinar were:

  • Assessing the pandemic’s effect on the quality, availability and accessibility of health services for pregnant women and newborns
  • Recovery of health systems after COVID-19
  • Infection prevention and control

Webinar speakers included:

  • Tedbabe Degefie Hailegebriel
  • Dr. Mercedes Bonet
  • Muna Abdullah (MD, MA)

See below for presentations and the webinar recording: