April Collective

The April 2022 Collective was hosted by AlignMNH in collaboration with thought partner World Health Organization (WHO), from April 4-6, 2022 and brought the maternal newborn health community together to discuss emerging evidence, implementation successes, and promising solutions to accelerate progress towards MNH targets.

Event Report

Over the course of three days, and through pre-recorded content, live moderated discussions, and regional dialogues, experts from around the world engaged in conversations around three thematic areas: tracking progress, respectful care, and quality of care.

Tracking Progress

This session provided an overview of the latest evidence on maternal and newborn mortality and stillbirths, coverage of evidence-based interventions, and the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic on maternal and newborn health. Various panelists shared lessons learned and the session brought together the perspectives of researchers, policy-makers and implementers on the current state, challenges and opportunities for maternal and newborn health programming and monitoring. Questions ranged from changes in the delivery of care to the identification of emerging innovations for strengthening data systems, framed within the context of the path to the SDGs.

Respectful Care

These engaging regional dialogues represented a unique opportunity to amplify the voices from Africa and Asia exploring strategies to move respectful care into practice, drawing on current evidence and country experiences. Panelists from diverse vantage points, from advocacy to health systems to research, came together to reflect on what is needed to ensure that respectful maternal and newborn care becomes a reality for all.

Quality of Care

Quality of care leaders (policy-makers, implementing partners and researchers) shared their experience and learning in their efforts to improve quality of care for maternal and newborn health and develop quality systems to support implementation. They explored opportunities around leadership, learning action, learning, and accountability.