CMNH hosts Regional Expert Capacity Building meeting for Implementation of Perinatal Death Reviews

News article 4 Dec 2018

As part of our role as a WHO Collaborating Centre, the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH) is hosting a WHO event at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine from 4th – 6th December. The 3-day workshop, Regional Expert Capacity Building for Implementation of Perinatal Death Reviews, will bring together 29 experts from Europe, along with representatives from WHO and UNICEF.

The objectives of the event are:

  • To train Master Trainers from selected countries in the region to build national capacity in perinatal death reviews;
  • To enable the Master Trainers to implement training packages at national and sub-national levels using participatory, evidence-based and multidisciplinary approaches;
  • To discuss a supporting digital platform for mentoring Master Trainers for the development and scale up of country-specific approaches;
  • To review and share implementation experiences.

Perinatal death audit is a methodology which is used to identify and address potentially correctable factors that contributed to the death of newborn baby or a stillbirth. Audit combined with remedial actions has shown to be an effective tool to improve professional practice and improve health outcomes.

Professor Matthews Mathai, Chair in Maternal and Newborn Health, is coordinating the event:
“We are delighted to be hosting this important meeting in Liverpool, and to support facilitators from around Europe in implementation of the new WHO guidelines to conduct perinatal death reviews. This meeting builds on our earlier work in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, and will enable perinatal death audits to be conducted more systematically and robustly across the WHO European region. All countries have signed up to the Every Newborn Action Plan that aims to reduce stillbirths and neonatal deaths. We hope this will lead to increased understanding around perinatal deaths, better quality of care for mothers and better survival of their babies.”