2 year agreement enables CMNH experts to support UNICEF in quality of care work

News article 22 Feb 2018

The Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health has signed a 2 year long-term arrangement with UNICEF. This umbrella agreement gives any UNICEF office in the world the opportunity to directly contract experts from CMNH to support their work in maternal and newborn health in countries. Until January 2020, CMNH staff can now provide UNICEF with their technical assistance and expertise in the area of Capacity Development on Quality Improvement on maternal, newborn and adolescent health. 

CMNH is a WHO collaborating centre, an internationally recognised Centre of Excellence in Maternal and Newborn Health and a member of the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. We support ministries of health in many countries in Africa and Asia in the design, planning, implementation, monitoring and research on quality of care and on quality improvement.

Professor Matthews Mathai, Chair in Maternal and Newborn Health at CMNH, leads our work in this area:

“We are delighted to be partnering with UNICEF to improve quality of care for mothers and babies. As a member of the Global Technical Working Group on Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response, we look forward to support ministries of health in the use of maternal and perinatal death reviews and standards based audits to improve maternal and newborn health. We are confident that these activities will help countries to end preventable deaths among mothers and babies as set out in the Every Newborn Action Plan and Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality strategy”