On 8 December 2015 the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation will hold a conference to assess the actions taken under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and to discuss the role that research and innovation can play in the field of maternal and newborn health under the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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The world is facing severe challenges at present, many of which are likely to put significant pressure on the health of women and their children. The migration crisis shows no sign of abating in Europe or elsewhere, and this crisis hides another tragedy of unattended births in unsanitary conditions, limited or no access to medications or treatments for birthing complications, and a lack of follow-up after giving birth. The conference on 8 December will tackle issues such as this, and to find real recommendations that will improve women’s health and ensure a healthy and safe start of life for their children.
Who should attend?
We welcome participation from a wide array of stakeholders including: researchers, policymakers, health practitioners, research funders, advocates, and NGOs active in low- and middle-income countries.