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Dear Centre Leaders,
In today's newsletter:
  • Successful AGM held in Kampala
  • INDEPTH in The Lancet: Using health and demographic surveillance systems for teratovigilance in Africa
  • AGM delegates visit Iganga Mayuge HDSS
  • Kaya HDSS:Maternal and neonatal health in Africa at MDG end
1.  Successful AGM held in Kampala
Over 80 delegates attended the 15th INDEPTH Network Annual General Meeting at the Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala, Uganda, from 16-18 November 2016.These included Centre Leaders or their representatives; host sites; partners and collaborators; funders and invited guests. 

Opening the AGM the Principal of the Makerere University College of Health Sciences Prof Charles Ibingira acknowledged INDEPTH's contribution to science, policy and practice over the last 18 years and urged the AGM to come up with a formidable strategy for the Network for the next five years. A discussion on the new INDEPTH Strategic Plan (2017-2021) was one of the agenda items of the meeting. 
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2. INDEPTH in The Lancet:
Using health and demographic surveillance systems for teratovigilance in Africa
Increased funding in the past decade has improved healthcare coverage of the population and access to vaccines and drugs across sub-Saharan Africa. However, there is still a need to collect valid and sufficient baseline data, data on the safety of drugs and vaccines used during pregnancy, and for innovative approaches to pharmacovigilance in pregnancy to inform policy makers and to improve treatment guidelines.Read more
News from Centres
1. AGM delegates visit Iganga Mayuge HDSS
Iganga Mayuge HDSS located 120km from the Ugandan capital, Kampala on 18 November 2018 hosted some participants of the INDEPTH Annual General Meeting.

The tour included the HDSS premises, the district health office, Iganga general hospital and the famous Itamba falls on one of the world’s biggest and longest rivers – the Nile.
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2.  Kaya HDSS: Maternal and neonatal health in Africa at MDG end
Kaya Centre Leader, Prof Seni Kouanda
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were not achieved by the end of 2015 in the vast majority of African countries, especially goals 4   5. However, the health ministries of these countries have, since 2010, implemented various intervention strategies to improve maternal and child health care; these are diverse and depend on the country. Some of these strategies include the exemption of user fees for maternal and newborn health services in Niger, the subsidy of emergency obstetric and neonatal care in Burkina Faso, the institution of health insurance in Ghana, the emerging plan in Senegal, an obstetric package in Mauritania, an obstetric kit in Cameroon, and insurance in Gabon.

Although these local innovative strategies have enabled noticeable progress in maternal and newborn health care, the results still fall short of the initial objectives. As we transition from the MDGs to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), from 2016–2030, it is important to first assess the various inputs used in the interventions to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality; secondly, to understand the implementation and effects of these interventions; and finally, to analyze the results in terms of their impact on maternal and newborn health to understand what they have achieved in terms of changes in the practice of care, responsiveness of the health system, and in the behavior of the population.
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