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Gynuity Health Projects at Women Deliver

Women Deliver 4th Global Conference
16-19 May 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark

Gynuity is excited to be taking part in the Women Deliver’s 4th Global Conference in Copenhagen. We look forward to sharing with you our new research and thinking about the management of PPH and safe abortion care.


COCKTAIL EVENT (Happy Hour: Appetizers & Drinks Served)
PPH: Still the Leading Cause of Maternal Deaths: Time for New Thinking and Novel Approaches to Addressing PPH?

Tuesday, May 17, 17:30-19:00
(Please RSVP by May 9th to Meagan Byrne at

Lake Geneva Room, Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers, Ørestads Boulevard 114-118 (Google Maps)
Beverly Winikoff, President, Gynuity Health Projects

This expert panel will highlight new research around PPH with important implications for how we think about and manage this challenge globally.

Moderated by Jerker Liljestrand, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Does it matter which uterotonic is used to prevent PPH? Results of a large community-based trial that compared misoprostol and oxytocin in Uniject™ delivered by auxiliary midwives in health huts in Senegal. Presentation will feature a short video. Ayisha Diop
  • From evidence to scale-up: lessons learned from an evaluation of the national program to scale up misoprostol for PPH prevention in Nepal. Swaraj Rajbhandari
  • Is an ounce of PPH treatment worth a pound of prevention? Implications of community cluster trial research from India and Egypt comparing primary prevention to secondary prevention/early treatment of PPH. Rasha Dabash
  • Time to rethink how we diagnose and treat PPH? New treatment models, the role of shock index in PPH diagnosis, and additional promising technologies for PPH first aid when uterotonics fail to stop bleeding. Beverly Winikoff

Time for New Thinking and Novel Approaches to Addressing PPH?
Thursday, May 19, 12:30–12:45

Beverly Winikoff, President, Gynuity Health Projects
Thursday, May 19, 12:30–12:45
Center Hall E, adjacent to the Exhibition Hall
Dr. Winikoff will discuss the implications of compelling new evidence highlighting why current approaches to addressing PPH are inadequate and the urgent need for a paradigm shift from talking about preventing PPH to managing PPH wherever women deliver.

Managing PPH in Home Births
Thursday, May 19, 12:15–12:45
This short film showcases the challenges women face when delivering in an area of Pakistan where fifty per cent of births occur at home with traditional birth attendants (TBAs). The gripping footage highlights the broader need for task-sharing first aid obstetric care for the management of PPH in this remote setting and others like it.


PUBLIC PARTNER SIDE EVENT(Refreshments and Lunch Served)
Supporting Expanded Roles for Abortion Services by Healthcare Workers (SERAH)
Collective Action Towards the New WHO Guideline
Monday, May 16, 12:00–13:30 (Please RSVP to Annik Sorhaindo at
Hall B5
Organized by World Health Organisation
This interactive session will highlight the new WHO guideline, Health worker roles in providing safe abortion care and post-abortion contraception, and introduce SERAH, a working group taking collective action towards its dissemination and implementation. Panelists will share country case studies of task-sharing in abortion in Colombia, Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan, and Nepal. Audience members will be invited to share stories about efforts to expand provider roles in settings globally.

Moderated by Bela Ganatra, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organisation

  • Swaraj Rajbhandari, Senior Ob/Gyn & Senior MNCH Advisor, Nepal
  • Kidest Lulu Hagos, Deputy Country Representative, Pathfinder International Ethiopia
  • Gunta Lazdane, Programme Manager Sexual and Reproductive Health, WHO Regional office for Europe (to be confirmed)
  • María Vivas, Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator, Oriéntame/ESAR Foundations/Co-leader for Global Docs for Choice, Colombia

The SERAH working group currently includes representatives of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at WHO, the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics , Gynuity Health Projects, Ibis Reproductive Health, International Consortium of Midwives, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Ipas Global, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Marie Stopes International, Pathfinder International, and Population Services International


Wednesday, May 18, 13:30–14:30
Room B3-5
Organized by Marie Stopes International
Innovation has increased access to safe abortion in a variety of environments. Telemedicine and smartphones expedite the implementation of policy and services, but not all innovation needs to be technology-based. Panelists will share the challenge of accessing services in their particular context and lessons learnt when operationalizing their solutions.
Moderated by Hon. Isata Kabia, MP, Sierra Leone

  • Imrul Khan, General Manager, Special Programs, Marie Stopes Bangladesh
  • Beverly Winikoff, President, Gynuity Health Projects
  • Sarah Soysa, Advisor, FRIDA Feminist Fund, Women Deliver Young Leader
  • John Worley, Fund Director, AmplifyChange

About Women Deliver’s 4th Global Conference: The focus of the conference is on how to implement the Sustainable Development Goals as they relate to girls and women, with a specific focus on health - in particular maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights - and the interconnections with gender equality, education, environment, and economic empowerment. More information about the conference can be found here: