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Asia Regional Meeting on

Guidance on Implementing Effective Programs to Prevent Preeclampsia and Eclampsia and Anemia to Improve Maternal and Newborn Outcomes
3 May 2012
Meeting Objectives:

To present and discuss global scientific evidence on the impact of calcium supplementation and anemia control interventions in reducing maternal and neonatal mortality and other poor health outcomes. To review and discuss country programmatic experiences and progress in implementing integrated maternal anemia control programs, with a focus on iron-folic acid (IFA) supplementation. To review existing programs and give guidance on implementing maternal calcium supplementation programs, building on the experience with anemia control programs. To identify next steps for introducing and/or scaling up calcium supplementation and anemia control programs.

MORNING 8:45-9:00 9:009:10 Registration; Meet & Greet Opening Statement Welcome, Objectives of the Meeting, and Introductions: Ms. Mary Ellen Stanton, USAID, Washington, D.C.

Panel 1: Calcium and Anemia: Prevalence, Burden of Disease, and Programmatic Considerations 9:109:30 Overview Burden of Calcium Deficiencies and Anemia in Asia and Middle East and Evidence for Their Impact on Maternal and Neonatal Mortality: Dr. Tahmeed Ahmed, ICDDR,B Decision Trees for Anemia Control and Calcium Supplementation: Ms. Rae Galloway, MCHIP Country Examples on Gaps and Facilitating Factors for Calcium Supplementation (use of the scale-up map tool): Dr. Ferdousi Begum, Dhaka Medical College Discussion: (Moderator: Dr. Rahman, Director, Institute of Public Health Nutrition & Line Director, National Nutrition Services, Bangladesh) Tea Break

9:309:50 9:5010:10 10:1010:25 10:2510:40

Panel 2: Making Anemia Control Programs Effective: What Have We Learned? How Anemia Control Can Inform Calcium Supplementation 10:4011:00 11:0011:20 11:2011:40 Demand-Side Considerations: Ms. Marcia Griffiths, SPRING Supply-Side Considerations: Mr. Sumitro Roy, Alive and Thrive Country Presentation: IFA Supplementation through Community Workers in Nepal: Dr. Raj Kumar Pokharel, Director of Nutrition, Ministry of Health & Population, Nepal Discussion (Moderator: Dr. Tina Sanghvi, Alive and Thrive) Lunch

11:4012:00 2:0013:00 AFTERNOON 13:0013:30 13:3015:00 15:0015:15 15:1515:55 15:55-16:15 16:15-16:30 16:30-16:45 16:4517:00

Review of Making Maternal Calcium Supplementation and Anemia Control Programs Effective: Rae Galloway, MCHIP Small Groups to Develop Calcium and Anemia Scale-Up Maps: Dr. Steve Hodgins, MCHIP Tea Break Four Presentations on Scale-Up Maps from Group Work: Participants Discussion on Scaling-Up: (Moderator: Dr. Steve Hodgins, MCHIP) Next Steps for Research: Dr. Pierre Lacerte, the Micronutrient Initiative Discussion (Moderator: Ms. Elizabeth Isimhem Williams, SPRING ) Wrap-Up: Next Steps for Program Implementation and for Measuring/Tracking Success: Dr. Justine, Kavle, MCHIP