Participatory Dialogue on Promoting Maternal and Child Health in Mumbai on 31st March

India CSR News Network

MUMBAI:  Maternal and Child health has been a crucial component in the endeavour to create a prosperous society and ensure sustainable development. As reported by Unicef, India’s maternal mortality rate reduced from 212 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2007 to 178 deaths in 2012. However, there is a long way to go.

As per Unicef , worldwide, approximately 800 women die every day due to preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Of this, 20% are from India. This calls for an urgent need to promote evidence-based planning and policy.

Encouragingly, several organisations are consciously working in this field to promote and practice evidence based health programs.  However, there is need to create synergies and share experiences to create a vast knowledge pool for better maternal and child health. To promote this, Ambuja Cement Foundation is organising A Participatory Dialogue on Maternal and Child Health – evidence, reflections, way forward’ in Mumbai on 31st March, 2017. Health is one of core thematic areas for Ambuja Cement Foundation; and the organisation has specially focused on implementing evidence based approach in one of its flagship projects on home-based new-born care.

The half-a-day event organised by Ambuja Cement Foundation is in partnership with Foundation for Research for Community Health, Pune and Charutar Arogya Mandal, Anand. The aim is to bring stakeholders from relevant sector who are relentlessly working to improve community health and have gathered rich knowledge in the process. The sessions will witness talks and discussion by veterans and eminent personalities on topics such as Overview of Maternal and Child Health in India, Evidence-based Interventions to Reduce Neonatal and Infant Mortality and Role of Various Stakeholders in Achieving the Vision for MCH. 

As many of us are prepared to observe World Health Day on 7th April; this participatory dialogue is a step to take us closer to the dream of achieving a healthy and thriving community.

For registration and participation, send a mail to . Following is the program agenda.

08.45 – 09.15 Registration & Tea
09.15 – 09.25 Welcome Address by Ms. Pearl Tiwari, Director, ACF
09.25 – 10.45 Experts’ Speak
Keynote Address

Overview of Maternal and Child Health in India

Dr. Satish Gogulwar

An eminent public health professional

Expert Opinion

What works? – Evidence – Based Interventions for Reducing Neonatal & Infant Mortality

Dr. Somashekhar Nimbalkar

An internationally renowned neonatology researcher

Voices from the ground,

Sandhya  Vaidya

Sakhi & ASHA  from Chandrapur

Government’s view

Vision For Maternal & Child Health – Role of Government, Corporate And Civil Society

Dr. Vijay Satbir Singh 
Addl. Chief  Secretary
Public Health & Family Welfare
Government of Maharashtra

10.45 – 11.40 Poster Exhibition & Presentation
11.45 – 13.00 Panel Discussion

Current Priorities & Way Forward for Protecting Maternal and Child Health


Dr.  Nerges Mistry, Director, FRCH

Mr. Paresh Parasnis, Head – Piramal Foundation

Mr. Srinivas HSD,  Head – Health, Tata Trust

Dr. Anuja Jayaraman, Director Research, SNEHA

Dr. Prakash Fernandes, Senior Manager Cipla Foundation

13.00 -13.30 Open discussion