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Reaching the unreachable: maternal, newborn and child health in complex humanitarian contexts

December 9, 2015, 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Hosts: Canadian Red Cross Society and Canada

Languages: English, French

Where: room 18


More than six million children and 287,000 mothers die from mostly preventable causes each year. More than half of these deaths occur in countries affected by disaster, conflict or other crises. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has tremendous potential to address this global tragedy, and to contribute to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. With vast experience in States affected by humanitarian crises, we bring to this challenge programming characterized by equity in service delivery, unparalleled access to those most in need, and a capacity to take innovations to scale.

The National Societies of Pakistan, Haiti and Mali will share their experiences delivering life-saving services to mothers and children in challenging contexts. Audience members will also share their perspectives and ideas about how the Movement, governments and other actors can contribute to maternal and child survival in complex humanitarian settings. The lives of mothers and children in emergency contexts are most at risk. They too, must be reached, if we are to achieve health and well-being for all at all ages.

The session will be moderated by Ambassador Rosemary McCarney, an expert in maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH), and Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva.

This post is also available in: French, Spanish, Arabic


December 9, 2015
8:00 am - 9:00 am
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Room 18
The International Conference Centre of Geneva (CICG), Geneva, Switzerland