The Institute of Tropical Medicine of Antwerp, Belgium (ITM) will organise its annual colloquium of 2015 in partnership with the École Nationale de Santé Publique (ENSP) of Rabat, Morocco.

The conference on Maternal & Neonatal health (MNH) in low- and middle-income countries will take place from 24 to 27 November in Rabat, Morocco. Researchers from across the world will present new research, share experiences and discuss lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which expire in 2015.
  • Call for abstracts Close: 31 May 2015
  • Registration fee: € 100 (Euro) or 1000 MAD (Dirham)
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Colloquium main areas
1. Respectful childbirth

The objective is to identify innovative strategies to promote respectful and effective childbirth by committed and capable staff with the involvement of the community, so as to attract more parturients to health facilities and to decrease unnecessary medical or surgical interventions. Read more

2. Maternal morbidity and its consequences on neonatal and women's health

This session will examine current and new strategies to identify and manage conditions in pregnancy that are associated with future ill health including diabetes, cardiac problems, mental health, brain development deficiencies. Within the perspective of human rights and the life-course approach we will reflect on the definition, measurement and control of maternal morbidity and its consequences on newborn's and women's health. Read more

3. Maternal death surveillance systems

This session will discuss the modalities and the implementation of different maternal death surveillance systems, e.g. national coverage or sampling, verbal autopsies, investigating home deaths in addition to hospital deaths, frequency of reporting and utilisation of the information for action and policy change. Read more

Abstracts and travel grants 

Although abstract submission is open to all, North and West African researchers are particularly encouraged to submit abstracts of their work within the scope of the Colloquium. A limited number of travel grants for early stage researchers will be made available. Accepted oral presentations will either take place in one of the plenary sessions, or in the breakout sessions as deemed appropriate by the scientific committee.

Abstracts accepted by the scientific steering committee for a poster presentation will be displayed in a central exhibition hall at the venue.

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Programme at a glance

The 2015 Colloquium will take place from 24 to 27 November in Rabat, Morocco. Detailed information is available at


Key dates

  • Call for Abstracts Open: 6 April 2015
  • Call for Abstracts Close: 31 May 2015
  • Abstracts acceptance notification: 15 June 2015
  • Registration Opens: 15 June 2015
  • Early Bird Registration Deadline: 31 August 2015
  • Colloquium dates: 24 - 27 November 2015


Click here to register for the conference

Registration fee
100 € (Euro) or 1000 MAD (Dirham). 
The registration fees should be paid to the following account number:
IBAN:  011 810-00072000009241-49                       
BIC:  BMCEMAMC                               
At the « Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur », 51 Ave de France, Agdal, Morocco
State your name, country and purpose: “Registration fees ITM-ENSP Colloquium 2015”.
(Alternatively, the fees can be paid on site at registration.)



Since 1990, world-wide maternal mortality has been reduced by 47% and child mortality by 49%. In spite of these achievements, the relevant Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 have not been reached. In order to sustain the post-2015 momentum, the UN Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health is being updated to support ‘the achievement of women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and anticipates a more integrated post-2015 development framework in which all countries are supported to attain and sustain their health goals, moving beyond reductions in mortality to a vision of healthy life for all through the life‐course’.

The colloquium aims at translating this vision into action, focusing on three areas i.e. respectful childbirth, maternal morbidity and its consequences on neonatal & women’s health, and maternal death surveillance.

These areas have been selected because of their major importance for the SDGs. The growing epidemic of unnecessary caesarean sections and over-medicalisation of childbirth calls for a renewed focus on women’s rights, trust in health care providers and safe deliveries in conducive environments. The coverage of attended deliveries has been used as indicator for MDG 5 and substantial efforts have been made to reduce maternal mortality. In a few countries, maternal death surveillance systems are being put in place. While their cost-effectiveness is still disputed, the continuous decrease of maternal mortality shifted the focus to maternal morbidity and its consequences for the future health of mothers and children.

The scientific programme of the colloquium will further highlight several cross-cutting themes that are relevant to the three main areas and their impact on maternal and child health policies. In principle, each sub-session will start with a keynote presentation addressing a specific topic, followed by debate. The speakers will present results achieved through implementation research, share best practices and identify knowledge gaps.

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