On Tuesday, 10 November 2015, just a few days before World Prematurity Day on 17 November, renowned health experts and academics from different EU member states, World Health Organization (WHO) ambassadors and patient representatives met in Brussels for an exchange of views on the state of maternal and newborn health in Europe.
The workshop was kindly hosted by members of the European Parliament Dr Angelika Niebler and Dr Peter Liese, and was organised in close collaboration with EFCNI.
The workshop highlighted the challenges of maternal and newborn health and discussed possibilities of how the EU could make a significant impact in this area to improve the health of the next generation.
Every year, more than 1 in 10 of all babies is born too soon [under 37 completed weeks of pregnancy], which equates about 15 million babies worldwide; applied to the population of 28 European countries this would correspond to 500,000 babies born preterm every year. Preterm birth complications are the leading cause of death among children under five years of age, responsible for nearly one million deaths in 2013. Preterm infants constitute Europe’s largest child patient group. About 75 per cent of all neonatal deaths and 60 per cent of all infant deaths occur to infants born preterm.
EFCNI is particularly proud of the active participation of two representatives of our partnering parent organisations from Hungary and Portugal as speakers.
Inequalities in maternal and newborn health – A challenge for Europe’s societies?
Dr Wilson Milton Were, Medical Officer, Child Health Services, World Health Organization (WHO)
Improving newborn health during financial crises – A national best practice example
Paula Guerra, Co-founder and Board Member of XXS - Associação Portuguesa de Apoio ao Bebé Prematuro, Lisbon
Education and training in maternal and newborn health – How can Europe’s health professionals meet the challenges of a cross-border environment?
Dr Morten Breindahl, President of the European Society for Neonatology (ESN); Neonatologist at the National University Hospital in Copenhagen, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen
Preventing chronic diseases during pregnancy - A health economic perspective
Dr Dietmar Schlembach, Head of Obstetrics Department, Vivantes Klinikum Neukölln, Berlin
Why a European-wide data collection for maternal and newborn health?
Dr Jennifer Zeitlin, Research Director, Obstetrical, Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiology Research Team, INSERM, Paris
The place of birth makes the difference – A patient’s view
Livia Nagy Bonnard, Vice President of Melletted a helyem Egyesulet, Budapest
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Minimising health inequalities – Promoting European Standards of Care for Newborn Health
Silke Mader, Chairwomen of European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI), Munich