International Development Committee Anouncement

EVIDENCE SESSION ON MATERNAL HEALTH

Tuesday 13 November 2007, 10.30am, Committee Room 6

At 10.30am:

€ Dr Tim Ensor, Principal Consultant (Health Economics ), Oxford Policy Management and Senior Lecturer in Immpact (Department of Public Health), University of Aberdeen

€ Alec Cumming, Chief Executive Officer , Immpact project, University of Aberdeen

€ Dr Sam Adjei, Principal Consultant , Ghana Health Service

At 11.30am:

€ Tony Falconer, Senior Vice President , Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists International Office

€ Monir Islam, Member International Executive Board Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists International Office and Director, Making Pregnancy Safer, World Health Organisation, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists International Office

€ Nynke van den Broek, Senior Clinical Lecturer Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Director Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists International Office

This is the second session in the maternal health inquiry. The first features three experts on the financial costs of providing effective maternal health services. Dr Tim Ensor is a health economist with a specialism in maternal health and a part-time fellow in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Aberdeen, where he is involved with the Immpact project, a global research initiative that assesses the cost efficiency and effectiveness of different strategies for improving maternal health and how to measure maternal health outcomes. The Immpact project is also represented by Alec Cumming, their Chief Executive Officer, and Dr Sam Adjei, Principal Consultant to the Ghana Health Service and previously attached to Immpact.

The second panel will focus on health systems and how donors can help to strengthen the personnel, infrastructure, supplies and logistics that underpin maternal health services. The three witnesses represent the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) International Office. With 12,000 fellows and members, 83% of whom are international, the RCOG is in a particularly strong position to advise on the human resource constraints that limit progress on maternal health.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Committee Membership is as follows: Malcolm Bruce MP (Chairman, Lib Dem), John Battle MP (Lab), Hugh Bayley MP (Lab), John Bercow MP (Con), Richard Burden MP (Lab), Mr Quentin Davies MP (Lab), James Duddridge MP (Con), Ann McKechin MP (Lab), Joan Ruddock MP (Lab), Mr Marsha Singh (Lab), Sir Robert Smith MP (Lib Dem).

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