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Developing networks of health facilities for improving access to functioning emergency obstetric care at national scale: country experience in sub-Saharan Africa

In order to address the limited access to quality 24/7 emergency obstetric and newborn care (EmONC) in most countries with a high burden of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has supported ten countries to develop a national network of referral maternity units.

These networks aim to balance the focus on a limited number of health facilities designated by the Ministry of Health to provide EmONC (feasibility criteria) with good geographical accessibility by most of the population within 2 hours travel time (population coverage criteria). 

This webinar will use empirical evidence to discuss the work of UNPFA improving access to EmONC in Sub-Saharan Africa. 


  • Michel Brun, Reproductive Health Advisor, UNFPA 
  • Jean Pierre Monet, Programme Analyst at the Sexual and Reproductive Health, UNFPA  
  • Dr Dalya Eltayeb, Director at the Federal Ministry of Health in Sudan
  • Dr Joseph Vyankandondera Chief Sexual and Reproductive Health, UNFPA regional office in West and Central Africa


Follow webinar link. Free and open to all. No registration required.