Webinar: Maintaining momentum and building on strategies to prevent stillbirths


With ever increasing attention to Women’s and Children’s health efforts, major achievements have been accomplished in reducing child mortality and improving maternal health, but 2.6 million babies still die before or during childbirth.

In January 2016 Lancet launched a special series on stillbirths which builds on the series published in 2011 to expose the neglected issue of 2.6 million stillbirths each year. The series provides the newest still birth estimates, highlights missed opportunities, assesses the impact of stillbirths on women and societies, and presents evidence for action to end preventable stillbirths by 2030, echoing the call of the Every Woman Every Child movement and the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health.

Despite this information and the urgency of the matter, the issue of stillbirths still remains outside mainstream SRMNCAH policies and advocacy efforts. It is important, now more than ever, to strengthen the movement around stillbirths and the intentional inclusion of stillbirth prevention and care into existing and new RMNCH efforts to garner greater traction to end preventable stillbirths.

Join us in a webinar to review the progress that has been made on ending preventable stillbirth deaths and highlight strategies for accelerated progress and provide better care to women and families following stillbirths.

Date & Time

9 DECEMBER 2016 9:00-10:00 am EST / 3:00-4:00 p.m. CET

Panelist Speakers

  • 3:00-3:05 Welcome and Introductions: Emanuele Capobianco, PMNCH
  • 3:05-3:10 Stillbirths: where are we now, where are we headed? Dr Hannah Blencowe, LSHTM
  • 3:10-3:15 Leading by example: prioritising stillbirths: Martina Baye, Government of Cameroon
  • 3:15-3:20 Empowering parent organisations to make a difference: Debbie Haine Vijayvergiya , 2 Degree Foundation
  • 3:20-3:25 Ensuring high quality of care at the time of birth: Betsy McCallon, WRA
  • 3:25-3:30 Better data and indicators to monitor progress: Kate Kerber on behalf of WHO
  • 3:30-3:55 Discussion
  • 3:55-4:00 Closing and way forward

Photo Credit: Tagaza Djibo/UNFPA/Niger