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Dear Colleagues: You are cordially invited to attend the 2013 Global Newborn Health Conference: Accelerating the Scale-Up of Maternal and Newborn Health Interventions to Reduce Mortality, to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa on 15-18 April 2013, with a welcome reception and optional Nutrition Pre-Conference Workshop on 14 April 2013.

14 April: Welcome Reception, 19h00 – 21h00

Nutrition Pre-Conference Workshop (Optional Event) 15 - 18 April: Global Newborn Health Conference 2013 Location: Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa The meeting will be held in English and French.

Nutrition Pre-Conference Workshop 14 April MCHIP and partners will hold a pre-conference workshop to discuss maternal anemia control and calcium supplementation—two highimpact interventions that reduce maternal, newborn, and child mortality. More information regarding this workshop can be found on the conference website. Registration and a fee of US$50/450ZAR are required.

Organized by USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-supported Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives (SC/SNL) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), with additional support from John Snow, Inc., the Laerdal Foundation, and Jhpiego, this four day meeting will focus on accelerating the scale-up of high-impact interventions that address the three major causes of newborn mortality: prematurity, birth asphyxia and infection. The meeting will bring together Ministry of Health policymakers and program managers, professional associations (in particular pediatric, obstetric and midwifery associations), NGOs engaged in maternal and newborn health (MNH) at national level, UN agencies, USAID missions and USAID-funded bilateral projects as well as other donor-funded national MNH projects. Overall meeting objectives include:  Review progress of newborn survival and health programming over the past decade, including updates on global initiatives.  Provide technical updates on (a) evidence-based newborn health interventions across the household to hospital continuum that address the three major newborn killers, (b) updated global guidelines for specific interventions, such as newborn resuscitation and postnatal care, and (c) linkages with select maternal and child health, nutrition and family planning and related interventions.  Share in-country experiences in scaling-up newborn health interventions, including health system strengthening issues, such as partnership coordination, human resources, training, quality of care, logistics, supervision, pay for performance, community health workers and monitoring and evaluation.  Discuss research priorities for newborn health and promising new technologies and innovative tools that would support newborn health programming at scale. Successful outcomes of the conference would include:  Commitment by attendees to accelerate action on newborn programming in their countries.  Candid sharing of challenges in introducing or scaling-up specific newborn interventions and how these were/were not addressed.  South-to-south networking to share lessons learned and best practices.  Mobilization of broad ownership and support for the draft Global Newborn Action Plan.

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Invitation to Global Newborn Conference 2013