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Strengthening health systems to provide emergency care for maternal and newborn health

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In maternal and newborn health, we have often seen talk about emergency transport/referral in a rather narrow vertical programme way, just focusing on the needs of pregnant women and newborns. In this webinar, Dr Calvello Hynes, Technical Officer in the WHO Emergency Care group, will provide some insights on what the wider emergency care  and critical care community are thinking about improving universal access to emergency care and the best way to do this. Emergency care, and now critical care, has always seen unwell pregnant women and sick newborns as a key priority area and the community is naturally allied and aligned with the importance and approach to timely delivery of care. Integrating our approaches is crucial to both communities making progress.  

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Dr Calvello Hynes, Emergency Care Technical Officer for WHO Clinical Services and Systems 

Dr Calvello Hynes joined the WHO from her previous role as lead of the Global Emergency Care Initiative and Professor of Emergency Medicine at University of Colorado School of Medicine. She trained in clinical medicine and public health at academic medical centres in the USA, and then cross-trained in disaster relief and austere trauma and emergency care through the International Committee of the Red Cross and the WHO Health Emergencies Programme. She spent her early career in humanitarian crisis response in multiple countries with various international NGOs and then pivoted her career to address building emergency care systems capacity in low- and middle-income countries. She has served as a consultant to the World Bank, WHO headquarters, the US State Department and most recently as a consultant with Afghanistan WHO Country Office for trauma and emergency care. 


Free and open to all, online. No registration required. A recording of this session will be available after the event on this page.