Check out the maternal and newborn health-focused communities of practice (CoPs) below to share, debate and discuss knowledge, evidence, and experiences. Do you know of a CoP that we should include? Let us know.     

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Care of the Small and Sick Newborns


The Care of the Small and Sick Newborn CoP (SSNB CoP) is an interactive platform that allows practitioners and experts to exchange ideas, share lessons learned, disseminate and discuss implementation research results and evidence in the area of newborn health.

Membership: Open

To Join: To join the CoP on WHO’s IBP Xchange online engagement platform, visit our SSNP CoP page here or email us!


Child Health Taskforce Subgroup on Digital Health

The Digital Health and Innovations Sub-Group works to share the latest digital health and innovations best practices on the effective uptake of technologies as they related to better outcomes for children in line with the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030) – through primary health care, inclusive of community health systems. The Digital Health and Innovations subgroup directly engages a broad set of experts across the CHTF global network.

Membership: Open to current members of the Child Task Force CoP

To Join: Access the COP and Subgroup Resources via the Child Health Task Force


CORE Group Working and Interest Groups

CORE Group has five open working groups focused on learning and sharing around technical and cross-cutting, topics: Systems for Health, Monitoring & Evaluation, Nutrition, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child & Adolescent Health (RMNCAH), and Social & Behavior Change. CORE Group also has 5 open Interest Groups including the Humanitarian-Development Task Force, Disability Inclusive Health Technical Advisory Group, Non-communicable Diseases, One Health, and WASH and Health.

Both Working Groups and Interest Groups are teams of individuals from multiple organizations interested in contributing to further development and understanding of a technical or cross-cutting topic. All groups have active listservs, and anyone is welcome to join any group’s listserv.

Membership: Open

To Join: Join via the CORE Group Site


European Consortium for Emergency Contraception 

The ECEC community aims to expand knowledge about and access to Emergency Contraception (EC) within the European region and promotes the standardization of EC service delivery to ensure equitable access across the region

Membership: Open

To Join: Email to Sign-Up


Global Digital Health Network

The Global Digital Health Network envisions a world where technical innovation supports improved health and contributes to better quality, accessibility and sustainability of health services and health outcomes, particularly for underserved populations in low resource environments. Formerly known as the mHealth Working Group, the Network was established in 2009 by global health organizations for global health organizations, and has now grown to be a 4,000+ person-strong networking forum with members from 134 countries to share information, engage with the broader community, and provide leadership in digital health for global public health. Our events and communications are a venue to share practical and flexible guidance with each other and the community. We also seek to engage with and learn from digital implementers in non-health sectors, so that we may strengthen our respective digital technologies.

Membership: Open

To Join: Join via the Listserv Sign-Up Page or visit the website


Global Health Knowledge Collaborative

GHKC contains more than 500 people from 60 countries and is open to individuals working on knowledge management activities in the context of global health and development.

Membership: Open

To Join: Join via IBP Xchange


Healthy Newborn Network

The Healthy Newborn Network (HNN) is an online community dedicated to addressing critical knowledge gaps in newborn health. HNN provides a platform for organizations and professionals to share research, program experience, and thought leadership. The network also connects advocates around the world and provides a platform for discussions and interactions on a vast range of newborn and maternal health issues.

Membership: Open

To Join: Join via the HNN Site


IBP Network Community Engagement Platform

Hosted at the World Health Organization HQ, IBP Network is a global partnership convening partners to share effective and evidence-based practices, guidelines and tools in family planning and sexual and reproductive health, by leveraging our convening power, diverse membership and neutral platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration.

Through the IBP Community Engagement Platform, IBP provides a one-stop-shop for the latest news, events and discussions in the space of FP/SRH, and allows you to connect with thousands of other members around the globe. The platform also provides a space for a variety of Communities of Practice (CoPs) on technical topics related to FP/SRH, including maternal and newborn health.

Membership: Open

To Join: To join the IBP Platform for free, fill in your request via www.ibpnetwork.org. Once a member of the platform, you may request to join any Community of Practice of your interest. To express interest in creating a Community of Practice on the IBP Network platform email: ibpnetwork@who.int


Interagency Gender Working Group

The Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG) promotes gender equity within global health programs with the goal of improving FP/RH, HIV/AIDS, maternal, child health, and nutrition outcomes, and fostering sustainable development.    

Membership: Open

to Join: Join via the IGWG Site.


Inter-Agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises

The Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) on Reproductive Health in Crises is a coalition of diverse members including organizations and individuals working collaboratively to strengthen and expand access to quality sexual and reproductive health services for people affected by crises.

Membership: Open

To Join: Join via the IAWG Site


Male Engagement Task Force of the Interagency Gender Working Group

IGWG’s Male Engagement Task Force (METF) is an information, advocacy, and knowledge exchange network on what it means to engage men/boys in health promotion and gender equality. The METF aims to explore why we should engage men, what are the benefits, how to do it, what works and doesn’t work, and what modalities of health services can better reach and include men. The health areas addressed include family planning (access, delivery, uptake, utilization, FP methods, etc.), sexual reproductive health and rights, maternal newborn child and adolescent health, breastfeeding, gender-based violence (GBV), HIV (prevention, testing, treatment, care, adherence, etc.), malaria, TB, and other issues. The TF considers relevant efforts across social and behavior change (including shifting social and gender norms), services, research, and policy across these health areas.

Membership: Open

To Join: Request to join via the METF Google Group.


Maternal, Infant, and Young Child Nutrition – Family Planning – Immunization Integration COP

The MIYCN-FP-Immunization Community of Practice seeks to increase quality and convenience of comprehensive care for women and their infants and young children through effective connections across high impact, high priority services: nutrition, family planning, and immunization services. This combines two previously separate working groups on MIYCN-FP and FP-Immunization integration into one consolidated CoP.

Membership: Open

To Join: From the IBP Site, select “Request Invitation” button in the top right corner. You should receive an approval email from “IBP Network.” Check your spam folder if you don’t receive an email and if you still can’t find it, contact ibpnetwork@who.int. Once you receive the approval email, follow the instructions to set up your profile. Join the MIYCN-FP-Immunization Community of Practice.


Postpartum Hemorrhage COP

Under the leadership of local experts, the Postpartum Hemorrhage Community of Practice (PPH CoP) works with country partners to align the maternal, newborn, and child health community on the latest PPH strategies, mobilize support to spark action, and accelerate progress toward targets and key health system priorities. The PPH CoP supports Ministries of Health to drive system changes for sustainable implementation of best practices for postpartum hemorrhage (PPH).

Membership: Open

To Join: Email to Sign-Up


Social and Behavior Change for Service Delivery

The Social and Behavior Change (SBC) for Service Delivery CoP unites representatives from donor and implementing partner organizations and other technical experts who work to improve SBC for service delivery at the individual, household, community/normative, and structural/policy levels. The group focuses on family planning and maternal and child health, prioritizing work on provider behavior change, measurement and indicators, and health service referrals.

Membership: Open

To Join: Join via the Breakthrough ACTION Site