PRIO and the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies have recently launched the research project "Armed Conflict and Maternal Health in Sub-Saharan Africa", led by senior researcher Gudrun Østby. In relation to this project, we arrange a seminar where representatives of organizations and government agencies that work practically on maternal health-related projects are invited. In the seminar we will introduce our research project, and we welcome input and perspectives from practitioners and policy-makers in order to ensure that our research will be relevant to policy.
We hope that the following questions may serve to inform, but not limit, the discussion:
- What are the most salient maternal health research priorities from a policy perspective?
- What are the most appropriate/relevant indicators of various issues related to maternal health, such as family planning, antenatal care and obstetrical care?
- What factors determine the selection of areas of operations?
- What are the most important/relevant maternal health interventions in conflict and post-conflict settings, and how can their effectiveness be studied?
10:05 Gudrun Østby: Introduction to the project Armed Conflict and Maternal Health in Sub-Saharan Africa
10:20 Short introductions (3-4 min) from all the organizations on how they work in the field with the topic of maternal health and the relevance of armed conflict
- Care (Lisa Sivertsen)
- Changemaker (Rune André Tveit)
- Fokus (Jon Rian & Sissel Thorsdalen)
- MSF Norway (Monica Thallinger)
- Norwegian Church Aid (Haldis Kårstad)
- Save the Children (Kim Terje Loraas)
- UNFPA (Luc de Bernis)
- UNICEF (Kim Gabrielli)
- NORAD (Lene Lothe)
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Tore Godal)
11:00 Plenary discussion
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch and end of seminar
This seminar is by invitation only.