24 January 2017

AMDD discusses Urban MNH at the Wilson Center

Lynn Freedman and Shanon McNab presented the results of a global scoping on “The Urban Disadvantage: Maternal and Newborn Inequalities Among the Urban Poor” at an event hosted by the Wilson Center and Save the Children.  Their presentations shed light on the complexities of urban maternal newborn health (MNH); the need to transform our program models, which assume a rural context, to better fit urban realities; and the future of the urban MNH field.

As an increasing proportion of the world’s population shifts to urban settings, there is a growing need to focus on the unique needs of urban dwellers. Especially in slums, limited access to public health care, low levels of care-seeking, and hazardous living conditions are among the factors contributing to an “urban disadvantage.” Despite recognition of its importance for the future of the planet and human health, very little is work is currently being done in urban MNH or to rethink MNH for cities; the field is wide open for shaping priorities and approaches and for innovation. Moving forward, organizations should consider what has and has not worked in implementation and prepare for the unique challenges of urban interventions.

The complete webcast, which includes commentary by Save the Children’s Robert Clay and Lani Crane, is available here.