Partnership looks forward to World Health Day, April 2005: Joyce Thompson for ICM co-chairs the steering committee of the Partnership for Safe Motherhood & Newborn Health, which met September 27-29, 2004, Nairobi, Kenya.

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The third meeting of the Steering Committee of the Partnership for Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health (PSMNH) was held in Nairobi, Kenya, organised and ably supported by the Partnership's Executive Officer, Petra ten Hoope Bender, former ICM Secretary General.

The Steering Committee is co-chaired by ICM Joyce Thompson) and the World Bank (Kama Rogo). Fifteen of the 21 partners were present to discuss the ongoing development of the Partnership work-plan, issues of monitoring and evaluation, fundraising and the evolution of the three projected task forces. The task forces' objectives include:

* Advocacy

* Promotion of effective interventions

* Country-level support and resource mobilisation

The task forces are the primary mechanisms for accomplishing the goals of the new PSMNH.

To date, the Advocacy task force has met and will be instrumental in preparing for the World Summit to be held in conjunction with World Health Day, April 7, 2005, in New Delhi, India.

This Summit, a joint effort of the PSMNH, the Healthy Newborn Partnership, and the Child Survival Partnership, will build upon several key events highlighting the state of health of mothers, infants and children.

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