Maternal and Newborn Health

Overview  | Key Meetings  | Publications  | Online Resources


The purpose of the Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) Policy Lab is to highlight existing alliances, and to provide tools for stakeholders working in MNH. The Lab features articles and resources including information on international policies, private sector engagement, financing issues, and key organizations involved in the field of MNH. Key partnerships, collaborations, and innovations can address health challenges facing mothers, newborns, and children around the world.

The 2010 Pacific Health Summit addressed the theme of maternal and newborn health, integrating key outcomes from a series of important MNH events preceding the June Summit. Our goal was to forge new alliances and provide a launching pad for innovation and collaboration to improve health outcomes for women and newborns.

Key Meetings

Roundtable schedule:


  • 2010 Summit Report
    In 2010, the first London Summit brought together top global leaders to discuss how to improve health outcomes for mothers and newborns, with an emphasis on the role of industry. The report focuses on why industry should be fully engaged in this field and how new partnerships and collaborations can provide the tipping point for sustained progress.
  • The Business Case: Why and How Should Industry Engage in Maternal and Newborn Health?
    Why does the role of industry matter in maternal and newborn health (MNH) and how can the private sector best engage in this field? This Business Case report provides resources and recommendations for how and why industry players can partner with MNH organizations—using a business-centric approach.
  • The Potential of Technology to Transform Maternal and Newborn Health: Reflections from a Gathering of Unlike Minds
    This Q&A discussion features key leaders from different sectors examining the potential of innovative, appropriate tools to improve maternal and newborn health (MNH), as well as business models that can effectively deliver these innovations to markets in Asia and around the globe. The conversation originally took place at a workshop of the 2010 Pacific Health Summit.
  • Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) through a Health Literacy Lens
    A collection thoughtful voices from leaders across sectors exploring the key successes and challenges, and potential of partnerships in promoting the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). The discussion originally took place at a workshop of the 2010 Summit on Maternal and Newborn Health.
  • Calls for Collaboration
    This collection of Calls for Collaboration from the 2010 Pacific Health Summit represents one of the ways the Secretariat responded to the hopes and vision for what could be accomplished together at the Summit and beyond. It contains many of the Calls for Collaboration distributed at the 2010 Summit. It is our hope that they will continue to inspire dialogue and foster new partnerships beyond those gathered at the 2010 Summit.
  • Maternal and Newborn Health: A Vietnam Roundtable Discussion
    A summary report from February 2 Roundtable discussion held in Hanoi, Vietnam by NBR Center for Health and Aging and the Institute of Social and Medical Studies, with support from GlaxoSmithKline. The Roundtable convened 27 of Vietnam’s leaders from civil society, public health, medicine, policy, industry, and academia to examine critical topics and priorities in maternal and newborn health in Vietnam.

Online Resources

MNH Resource Page
An online MNH resource page, which provides an archive of information and international resources on issues pertaining to MNH. It includes links to important organizational and literature websites, reports, financing issues, private sector engagement, and ongoing initiatives.

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