UNICEF's Dr David Hipgrave, Dr Chris Morgan, Professor Bhutta, Dr Wendy Holmes and Professor Kim Mulholland lead a panel discussion on maternal and child health in our region.
Professor Bhutta has authored many highly influential reviews, sits on several advisory groups that formulate the global evidence base, guide strategic directions and track international progress.
He is Husein Laljee Dewraj Professor, Division of Women and Child Health at Aga Khan University where he heads a research team working globally and regionally on maternal, newborn and child survival and nutrition.
Professor Bhutta addressed the issues and challenges in maternal and child health and nutrition from a global perspective, presenting data from studies from his home country Pakistan.
He talked about the impact community-based intervention programs can have on maternal and infant mortality.
Specifically he described a program pioneered by former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, which reduced infant mortality by 15 to 20 per cent, maternal morbidity by 25 per cent and stillbirths by 21 per cent.
Burnet’s Dr Chris Morgan followed Professor Bhutta’s presentation talking about the challenge of community care for maternal and newborn health in PNG.
Nutrition was also a theme of the seminar with Professor Kim Mulholland from the Menzies School of Health Research also speaking.