Global Maternal Health Conference 2013

This session focused on increasing access to high-quality maternal health knowledge. Clark started the session with her presentation on a partnership with the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) and PLOS which aimed to provide open-access capabilities to research and commentary on maternal health publications. Reichenbach described the knowledge translation program in Bangladesh in which they used writing courses to show how to do a knowledge translation brief for other health professionals using existing data. She described the process, as well as the challenges and ways forward for the program. Goetschius described the work of MHTF, which aimed at expanding knowledge via their website, blog, newsletters and social media. She also reported on upcoming work including expanded and new country pages, translations of documents and webpages, and projects requiring input and guest posts from other maternal health professionals. Mitchell described K4Health's work in Ethiopia targeted at family planning and reproductive health professionals in Ethiopia. Mitchell outlined the knowledge mapping work done among the health professionals, described the results, and suggested ways for knowledge to be dispersed in the future throughout the different levels and players in the family planning and maternal health fields.

Moderator: Jocalyn Clark, PLOS

MHTF-PLoS collection for maternal health
Jocalyn Clark, PLOS

Knowledge translation in maternal health: Culture and capacity for change
Laura Reichenbach, ICDDR,B

Creative approaches to deliver critical maternal health information to professionals in high-burden countries
Andrea Goetschius, Harvard School of Public Health

Understanding the flow of reproductive health knowledge in Ethiopia
Vanessa Mitchell, Johns Hopkins

Filmed in Arusha, Tanzania. Wednesday, 16 January 2013

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