Women Deliver 2019 Conference

The Women Deliver 2019 Conference, which will take place 3-6 June 2019 in Vancouver, Canada, is expected to be the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women in the 21st century. More than 6,000 world leaders, influencers, advocates, academics, activists, and journalists will flock to Vancouver with the drive to accelerate progress for girls and women everywhere. The conference will present new knowledge, promote world-class solutions, and engage a broad spectrum of voices. It will focus on several issues from health, nutrition, education, economic and political empowerment to human rights, good governance, and girls’ and women’s agency and equality.

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Key newborn-related events at Women Deliver 2019

Title: Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response: Every Death Tells a Story
Date: Monday, 3rd June 2019 12:00-2:00pm
Venue: Fairmont Waterfront Hotel: 900 Canada Place, Vancouver, Canada, Room: Nootka
Session Organizers: UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO, USAID, Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP)

Session Description

Maternal and perinatal death surveillance and response (MPDSR) is a continuous cycle of identifying, notifying, and reviewing maternal and perinatal deaths to determine avoidable causes and implement actions to prevent future deaths. When aligned with quality improvement processes at the national and district level, MPDSR can be an important component of strategies to reduce preventable maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths. Despite global recommendations and national policies, many countries struggle to implement and sustain functioning audit systems. The session will be comprised of a series of presentations followed by discussion.


Title: Business Unusual: Maternal, Newborn and Adolescent Health
Date: Tuesday, 4th June 2019 6:00-8:00am
Venue: Fairmont Waterfront Hotel: 900 Canada Place, Vancouver, Canada, Room: Nootka
Session Organizer: UNICEF

Session Description

The session will highlight the importance of coordination and leveraging resources for quality MNCH at scale, including country experiences and learning from district level implementation of the ‘Every Mother Every Newborn Quality Improvement (EMEN QI) initiative. The EMEN QI initiative aims to improve quality of facility based care for both mothers and newborns.


Title: Pregnancy, who holds the power? Overcoming stigma
Date: Tuesday, 4th June 2019 10:30am-12:00pm
Venue: Room 221-222, Vancouver Convention Center
Session Organizers: Jhpiego, The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, White Ribbon Alliance, WHO, & Save the Children

Session Description

This session combines performance art, science, debate, and audience participation to shine a light on issues surrounding the power dynamics of pregnancy worldwide. Participants will hear compelling stories of women facing stigma when pregnancy and childbirth do not go as planned including dealing with stillbirth, preterm birth, and C-sections – and the power needed to break the silence and create the birth experience every woman desires and deserves.


Title: Surviving Day One: Birth in the Humanitarian-Development Nexus
Date: Tuesday, 4th June 2019 3:00-4:00pm
Venue: Room 223-224, Vancouver Convention Center
Session Organizers: Family Planning 2020, Inter-Agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises, NGO Working Group on Women Peace and Security, UNFPA, Women Deliver

Session Description

Surviving the first day of childbirth (Day One) is a challenge for women and newborns everywhere, but especially in humanitarian contexts; more than half of maternal deaths occur in fragile states, many of them affected by conflict and recurring natural disasters. Similarly, 5 out of 10 countries with the highest neonatal mortality rate are in an acute or protracted humanitarian emergency. Historically, the global reproductive, maternal health and newborn health communities have worked separately. But that is changing. This panel brings together reproductive, maternal and newborn health communities, as well as humanitarian and development actors, to promote integrated maternal/newborn programming on the day of birth to achieve reductions in maternal and newborn mortality.


Title: Survive and Thrive: Transforming Care for Every Small and Sick Newborn
Date: Tuesday, 4th June 2019 5:00pm-7:00pm
Venue: Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Nootka Room
Session Organisers: Every Preemie—SCALE, WHO

Session Description

In recognition of the launch of the global document, Survive and Thrive: Transforming care for every small and sick newborn, an expert panel will present current data and highlights of the framework for inpatient newborn care including the centrality of family engagement to the health and well-being of newborns, their mothers and fathers.


Title: Helping women thrive during and after pregnancy and childbirth
Date: Wednesday, 5th June 2019 1:30-2:30pm
Venue: Room 221 Vancouver Convention Center
Session Organizers: Jhpiego, The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, White Ribbon Alliance, WHO

Session Description

Listening to women about how they experience pregnancy and childbirth shows that “good maternal health” does not mean simply surviving pregnancy and childbirth. This session will explore how qualitative data, together with regular collection of quantitative data, can enhance maternal health. Participants will learn how laws, policies, health systems, social norms and economic forces impact women during and following pregnancy, and how to create a future in which mothers not only survive, but thrive.


Title: Born into Crisis: A Global Roadmap for Surviving the Day of Birth in Humanitarian Settings
Date: Thursday, 6th June 2019 6:00-8:00am
Venue: Room 221-222, Vancouver Convention Center
Session Organizers: WHO, UNICEF, Save the Children, HRH Princess Sarah Zeid

Session Description

The day of birth is the riskiest for women and their babies, with nearly half of maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths taking place during this period. Many of these deaths are preventable, including in humanitarian settings, where nearly half of these deaths occur. Join WHO, UNICEF, Save the Children, and HRH Princess Sarah Zeid to launch a multi-sectoral five-year roadmap and to learn more about this global movement to save the world’s most vulnerable.