Let’s engage in the Centre of Excellence for MNH to generate evidence
On Behalf of Save the Children, I welcome you all to this yearâ€™s Maternal and Newborn Health Symposium. Thank you for accepting to participate and share your experiences on improving health for mothers and new born children.
Over the last 15 years, Save the Children has championed the agenda for Newborn Health and just like other global health partners is committed to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals for health.
As we begin addressing our commitments toward achieving healthy lives and wellbeing for all, the need to bring evidence of what works, in an innovative way, becomes increasingly important in order for us to complete the unfinished agenda of the MDGs and to achieve the ambitious SDG targets for mothers and newborns.
This partnership with the Makerere University School of Public Health is therefore of very strategic importance; helping us to generate locally contextualised evidence through research, to inform our efforts to achieve universal/ equitable coverage of maternal and newborn interventions.
We are very pleased about the successes that the Centre of Excellence for Maternal and Newborn Health Research has achieved so far, including spearheading the Preterm Birth initiative (PTBi) work, which we believe will go a long way in proving answers and solutions to the problem of prematurity, a major cause of mortality and morbidity among new born children.
We would like to thank the University of California, San Francisco, along with the Gates Foundation for entrusting this important task to a local indigenous Institution under the leadership of Dr. Peter Waiswa. This we believe will go a long way in not only building local capacity in advancing the agenda for newborn health but also in sustaining efforts to improve MNH in the country and the region as a whole.
We invite other partners to support and engage in the Centre of Excellence for MNH, to generate evidence, through answering the necessary questions, to inform programing and practice for maternal and newborn health in Uganda.
We trust this symposium will provide us with the opportunity to assess the alignment and advances of our programme against the commitments of the SDGs and learn where we need to realign and strengthen our efforts to achieve sustainable universal coverage.
I wish you fruitful deliberations.
Ms Brechtje van Lith, Country Director, Save the Children in Uganda