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Building a global action agenda to improve emergency referral for mothers and newborns

Midwife in hospital holding sign "I want free transport for prgnant mothers in emergency conditions"

Ensuring women and newborns get to the right place at the right time and receive the right care is essential to reducing maternal mortality, stillbirths and neonatal mortality – and provide women and newborns with quality respectful care. Ideally, women deliver and newborns are cared for in the first facility they attend. However, sometimes emergency interfacility referral is needed to provide care that is often urgently needed at a higher level facility. Ensuring these emergency referrals take place is a neglected but fundamental component of maternal and newborn health services and the health system as a whole.  

Too often women and families are left to organise it themselves; have to wait prolonged periods of time; or are transferred in unsuitable vehicles with no care during the journey. Many women and babies die during transit.  

Following on from a panel at the IMNCH on this issue -  in this seminar we will hear from speakers from WHO, the World Bank, USAID and  service providers about an action agenda for all of us to  ensure that every woman and newborn that needs it gets a timely quality respectful emergency interfacility referral. 


  • Allisyn Moran, Head of Maternal Health Unit at World Health Organization 
  • Sanam Roder-DeWan, Senior Health Specialist, Service Delivery Innovation at The World Bank 
  • Theresa Shaver -  Senior Maternal and Newborn Health Advisor, USAID Bureau for Global Health


Free and open to all, online. No registration required.


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