"Ways to reduce Infant Mortality: the Russian Experience" - First International Forum: Moscow 11-13 October 2011


Dr Flavia Bustreo addresses the First International Forum: Ways to Reduce infant mortality, Moscow, 11-13 October
Dr Flavia Bustreo addresses the First International Forum: Ways to Reduce infant mortality in Moscow, Oct 2011

The Global Strategy on Women’s and Children’s Health and coordinating the Millennium Development Goals through partnership were highlighted at a recent event held in Moscow: “The first international Forum: Ways to Reduce infant mortality: the Russian Experience”.

Dr Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director-General, Family, Women's and Children's Health at the World Health Organization was speaking at the opening session of the Forum, held along side of the MDG 6 Forum on HIV/AIDS and as a follow-up to the Russian commitment to the G8 Muskoka MNCH Initiative. The opening session also heard speeches by the Russian Minister of Health and Social Development, Mrs Tatyana Golikova; the First Lady, Mrs Svetlana Medvedeva and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Ryabkov.

Dr Bustreo’s presentation focused on the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s health and the importance of working together on ensuring the implementation of the commitments. She commended Russian Federation both for the US $ 75 million commitment to women’s and children’s health through the G-8 Muskoka Initiative and for organizing the Forum.

Dr Bustreo highlighted the need to work across the MDGs and all health issues, promoting integration to seek synergies for better use of investments and faster progress. She pointed out the benefit to work in partnerships such as HRP (Special programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction) and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) - which encourage collaboration among different stakeholders working on the same issues. The 2011 PMNCH Report -“Analysing commitments to advance the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health” – was presented, acknowledging the importance of accountability to the process. Overall, Dr Bustreo highlighted the opportunities for joint collaborative work which lie ahead to advance women’s and children’s health in the region and beyond.

Participants to the Forum included obstetricians, gynaecologists, paediatricians, researchers, public health experts from some 17 countries as well as government representatives of other G8 countries including the US, Canada and Italy as well as International Organizations.