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Together for the Next Generation

Research and Innovation for Maternal & Newborn Health

The conference "Together for the next generation: Research and innovation for maternal and newborn health" took place in Brussels on 8 December 2015. Around 200 researchers, policy makers, health practitioners, research funders, advocates, and NGOs active in low- and middle-income countries participated and contributed to make this conference a success. We would like to thank all speakers and participants for their excellent contributions!

The conference report as well as the key note speeches are available through the links below.

Conference report

Video and Presentations

Below you will find the links to two video addresses that were made during the conference, as well as the PowerPoint presentations of the keynote speakers.

  • Video address by the First Lady of Kenya, H.E. Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta
  • Video address by the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, M. Neven Mimica
  • Keynote presentation (PDF icon 8.3 MB) by Marleen Temmerman, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Ghent University, Belgium, and Aga Khan Development Network, Kenya
    Prof. Temmerman introduces the new Global strategy on women, children and adolescents' health 2016-2030, and reviews the achievements of the millennium development goals before looking forward to the expectations from the sustainable development goals.
  • Keynote presentation (PDF icon 2.7 MB) by Zulfiquar A. Bhutta, Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University, Pakistan, and Sick Kids Centre for Global Child Health, Canada
    Dr. Bhutta presented an overview of the global burden and distribution of malnutrition among women and girls, and the links to birth outcomes. He addressed optimising strategies for health and nutrition prenatally as well as research to strengthen the evidence base for action.
  • Keynote presentation (PDF icon 2.3 MB) by Eva-Carin Banka Johnson, Innovation Project Manager, Future Homes, IKEA of Sweden
    Ms. Banka Johnson focused on the theme "think global – act global". In the context of explorative research, she highlighted the importance of taking the emotions people feel when confronted with a new design of a product or service into account, and how this may influence whether or not the uptake is successful.

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More Information

Final Agenda (PDF icon 167 KB)

Poster (PDF icon)

For more information please contact Barbara KERSTIENS or Finnian HANRAHAN