Program & Presentations


Tuesday 24th November 2015 (Amphitheater)




Academic opening session

Pr.EL Houssaine Louardi  (Minister of Health) 

Dr.Belghiti Alaoui (MH) 

Mina Abaacrouche (ENSP), Representative Ministry of Health, Vincent De Brouwere (ITM), Bruno Gryseels (ITM)


Screening of movie  “Mothers talking”


Wrap up Vancouver and Mexico conferences

Charlotte Warren (Population Council, Washington DC, USA)

Maternal & neonatal health beyond 2015: issues and challenges

Marge Berer (Coordinator, International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion, UK)


Coffee break 


Theme 1-Session 1: Respectful Childbirth:

Taking stock (Amphitheater) 


Keynote presentations:

Charlotte Warren (Population Council, USA)   

Sundari Ravindran (Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, India)


Yassir Ait Benkadddour (University Cadi Ayyad, Marrakech, Morocco) & Fabienne Richard (ITM/GAMS, Belgium)



1-    Disrespectful maternal care in health facilities in four sub-Saharan African countries: recognized as a problem but not prioritized - E Duysburgh (Belgium)

2-    “After all, if I don’t tell, I will not be humiliated”: Misinformation as strategy against domination and humiliation in maternal care decision-making interactions - L Yevoo (The Netherlands)

3-    Experience of disrespect and abuse among women seeking reproductive health in four health centers in Dakar (Senegal) -B Mané (Senegal)

4-    Practices of women reacting to disrespect and abuse during childbirth: Results from a body of 10 years of qualitative data in Benin - JP Dossou (Benin)

5-    Santé de la reproduction : Quels connaissances et comportements chez l’homme marocain? - M Sebbani (Morocco)


Synthesis Morocco

Rachid Bezad  (University Med V Souissi, Rabat, Morocco)


Closure day 1


Colloquium opening reception at ENSP

Wednesday 25th November 2015




Theme 1-Session 2: Respectful Childbirth:

Changing for the better (Amphitheater) 


Keynote presentations: 

Michel Boulvain (Geneva University Hospital, Switzerland),

Rima Jolivet (Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, USA)


Khalid Lahlou  (Ministry of Health, Morocco) &  Thérèse Delvaux  (ITM, Belgium)  


Presentations :

1-    "I am never coming back to the hospital." On promoting understanding between Yanomami women and childbirth caretakers “ - J Gonçalves Martín (UK)

2-    Respectful and disrespectful midwifery care practice within an urban Tanzanian labor ward - K Shimoda (Japan) 

3-    Where is the baby in the respectful childbirth agenda?  A preliminary study on disrespectful care of newborns - E Sacks (USA)

4-    How to achieve women-centered  quality improvement in a maternity department? - G Esegbona (UK)

5-    Midwives empower midwives through twin2twin  - F Cadée (The Netherlands) & M Tibhiri (Morocco)


Coffee break



Synthesis Morocco

Aicha Kharbach  (University Med V, Rabat, Morocco) 


Parallel Sessions 

Poster Session Theme I  (Room 11) 

Session S1: M-health in MNH (Amphitheater) 



Bettina Utz (ITM) & Asmae Khattabi (ENSP)

Keynote presentation: 

Hani Farouk (EMRO, Egypt) 


Albrecht Jahn (University of Heidelberg, Germany)


Samia Chakri (Division of e-government, Ministry of ITIDE, Morocco)

1-    Assessment of informed consent process for caesarean section delivery in Mulago hospital, Uganda - B Mukasa (Uganda)

2-    Quelle est la place de la dimension humaine dans la qualité des services de santé maternelles? - S Derouiche (Tunisia)

3-    Promoting accountability for respectful birth through report card-  Experiences from two blocks of Dahod district, Gujarat, India - R Khanna (India)

4-    Supportive/facilitative supervision model to address disrespectful childbirth in low developing countries - L Wampande (Uganda)

5-    “She is my neighbour”: traditional birth attendants in poor urban areas of Cairo - R  Hammonds (Belgium)

6-    Décentralisation de l’accouchement humanisé dans les départements de l’Atlantique et du Littoral, Bénin - C Aguessy (Benin)

7-    Skilled birth attendants focus on ‘physical care’ vs the ‘special touch’ of traditional birth attendants (TBAs): perceived implications for respectful birthing of Malawi’s TBA ban - I Uny (UK)

8-    Respectful maternity care from the perspectives of users and providers in southern Tanzania - T Tancred (UK)

9-    Itinéraire psychique de la césarienne  de six primipares camerounaises - M Ndjé (Cameroon) 


1-    Les facteurs  de succès de l’implantation et de l’utilisation de la télésanté pour l’accès aux soins de santé maternelle en Afrique subsaharienne - M Ag Ahmed (Canada)

2-    Mobile for Mothers: Results from the baseline study of a quasi-experimental intervention in  Jharkhand, rural India - O Ilozumba (The Netherlands)

3-    Effect of home visits and mobile phone consultations on maternal and newborn care practices in Masindi and Kiryandongo, Uganda: a community-intervention trial - R Mangwi Ayiasi (Uganda)



Lunch break 


Theme 2-Session 1: Maternal morbidity:

A global perspective (Amphitheater) 


Keynote presentations:

Veronique Filippi (LSHTM, UK)

Katerini Storeng (University of Oslo)


Mina Abaacrouche (ENSP, Morocco) & Bettina Utz (ITM, Belgium) 



1-    Maternal Morbidity Measurement Project: Definition, Matrix, Tool & Pilot - A Gherissi (Tunisia)

2-    Effects of maternal morbidity on women’s well-being and functioning: a systematic review - K Machiyama (UK)

3-    Abortion-related near miss morbidity in Zambia - O Owolabi (UK)

4-    Santé mentale maternelle : morbidité dépressive périnatale chez les mères adolescentes au Cameroun - J Djatché (Cameroon)

5-    Prevalence of postpartum depression among recently delivering mothers in Nablus district and its associated factors - A Shaheen  (Palestine)

6-    Applicability of the WHO Maternal Near Miss Approach in low and middle income countries -

T Firoz (Canada)



Parallel Sessions during coffee break

Poster session II A (Room 11) 

Poster session II B (Room 13) 



Thérèse Delvaux (ITM) 


Radouane Belouali (independent consultant) 

1-     Facteurs pronostiques de la mortalité maternelle chez les éclamptiques en réanimation, Maternité Lalla Meriem CHU Ibn Rochd, Casablanca, Maroc - K Zine (Morocco)

2-     L’avortement provoqué en Algérie, des victimes et un tabou - B Ouzriat (Algeria)

3-     Unregulated usage of labor-inducing medication in a region of Pakistan with poor drug regulatory control: characteristics and risk patterns - S Caluwaerts (Belgium)

4-     The Mothers’ status: two years after undergoing caesarean section in a rural emergency obstetrics care center in Burundi - W van den  Boogaard (Belgium)

5-     Maternal and perinatal outcomes of pregnant/postpartum women with eclampsia in a large referral hospital in Bo, Sierra Leone - S Caluwaerts (Belgium)

6-     Learning from the 1st obstetric fistula patients conference – how to improve the quality of care - G Esegbona (UK)

7-     Physical, emotional and economic burden of caregivers for women with obstetric fistula - A El Ayadi (USA)

8-     Maternal factors associated with breast milk quality indicators in Iquitos, Peru - L Mofid (Canada)

9-     Exploring postnatal maternal morbidity through home-visits: A prospective community-based study in a Palestinian rural village, West Bank - S Hassan (Palestine)


1-     What profile of neonatal mortality in the Wilaya of Oran, Algeria to the 2015 deadline? - N Heroual (Algeria)

2-     Bacteriological profile of neonatal infection in Mohammed VI Hospital, University of Marrakesh, Morocco - N El Idrissi (Morocco)

3-       Risk factors for congenital malformations: Prospective study at the Souissi Maternity Hospital, Rabat, Morocco - A Barkat (Morocco)

4-     Dépistage néonatal de l’hypothyroïdie congénitale - Implantation de la phase pilote au Maroc - L Acharai (Morocco)

5-     Community managed nutrition centers for improving maternal nutrition and reducing IUGR in an indigenous tribal population – Experience from the Fulwari Initiative in India - S Garg (India)

6-     Évaluation de la qualité de la consultation prénatale et postnatale : cas du dépistage et prise en charge de la pré-eclampsie / éclampsie - A Kharbach(Morocco)

7-     Prevalence of congenital heart disease in newborns of diabetic mothers and in macrosomic newborns in Morocco - N El Idrissi (Morocco)

8-     Vitamin D status in pregnant women and newborns : reports of 102 cases - A Barkat (Morocco)

9-  Les infections du post-partum à la Maternité du Centre Hospitalier Prince-Régent Charles (Bujumbura, Burundi) - JM Chapplain (France)

17:00- 17:30

Synthesis Morocco:

Yassir Ait Benkaddour (University Cadi Ayyad, Marrakech, Morocco) 


Closure day 2

Thursday 26th November 2015


Theme 2-Session 2: Maternal morbidity: 

Consequences on women’s and newborn health – life-course perspective (Amphitheater) 


Keynote presentations:

Julia Hussein (University of Aberdeen, UK)

Hannah Blencowe (LSHTM, UK)


Amina Barkat (University Med V, Rabat, Morocco) & Michel Boulvain (Geneva University Hospital, Switzerland) 



1-    Grossesse et accouchement chez la femme obèse - A Kharbach (Morocco)

2-    Impact of HIV on maternal morbidity, birth outcomes and infant health in Mozambique - R González (Spain)

3-    How do low birthweight neonates fare two years after discharge from a low technology neonatal care unit in a rural district hospital in Burundi - W van den Boogaard (Belgium)

4-    Conséquences des épisodes de near miss sur la santé des femmes au Maroc - B Assarag (Morocco)

5-    Rebuilding life after obstetric fistula – a look into the lives of women in rural Tanzania - J Irani  (Belgium)


Coffee break


Theme 2-Session 3: Maternal morbidity:

        Current strategies and novel  approaches     (Amphitheater)


Keynote presentations:

Özge Tunçalp (WHO, Geneva)

Albrecht Jahn (University of Heidelberg, Germany)


Ahmed Boudak (Ministry of Health, Morocco) &

Véronique Filippi (LSHTM, UK)



1-     Themes and trends in qualitative research on women’s experiences of maternal morbidities in low and lower-middle income countries - I Lange (UK)

2-     Community-based prevention and management of severe pre-eclampsia and eclampsia in a low-resource setting of Bangladesh -  J Ferdous (Bangladesh)

3-     Measurement of maternal postpartum fatigue in Peru using standardized scales - L Mofid  (Canada)

4-     Development and preliminary validation of the post-fistula repair reintegration tool 

among Ugandan women - A El Ayadi (USA)


Synthesis Morocco:

Mina Abaacrouche  (ENSP, Morocco) 


Lunch break


Theme 3: Maternal death surveillance systems (MDSS):

        Modalities of implementation     (Amphitheater)


Keynote presentations:

Luc de Bernis (ex-UNFPA, Geneva, Switzerland)

Charlemagne Ouédraogo (University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso)


Chakib Nejjari (UMedVI, Casablanca, Morocco) & Vincent De Brouwere (ITM, Belgium) 



1-    Underreporting of maternal deaths in the current surveillance system in Morocco - S Abouchadi (Morocco) 

2-    Le système d’audit des décès maternels en Tunisie: performances et limites - M Chaouch (Tunisia)

3-    La surveillance des décès maternels au Cameroun : les défis de l’intégration dans la Surveillance Intégrée des Maladies et Riposte - M Kouo Ngamby (Cameroon)

4-    Contraintes et obstacles à l’intégration de la surveillance de la mortalité maternelle dans les structures de santé de la ville de Lubumbashi, RDC - A Ntambue (DRC)

5-    Building a cost-effective system of maternal death surveillance in resource-poor settings by involving communities and innovative implementation structures -  S Garg (India)

6-    Dead Women Talking -  An alternative approach to knowledge creation on maternal deaths in India - R Khanna (India)


Synthesis Morocco:

Katra-Ennada Darkaoui  (Independent Consultant, Morocco) 


Coffee break and closure day 3


Gala dinner at Ksar el Kabbaj 

Friday 27th November 2015


Parallel Sessions

Publish or perish:  tips for publishing

(Room 6)

Session S2:  Quality of care



Editors from various journals provide insights what is important for publishing

Marge Berer (Founding Editor of RHM)

Julia Hussein (Editorial Board BJOG)

Özge Tunçalp (WHO ):  Quality of care for pregnant women and newborns: the WHO vision  

Vincent Fauveau (Women and Health Alliance International): QUIP care: indicator and tool for ensuring better quality of intra-partum care

Haile Gebreselassie (IPAS): Quality post-abortion care


Coffee break


Maternal health beyond 2015 (Amphitheater) 


Maternal Health beyond 2015: where do we go from here?

Forum Discussion

Plenary session with all keynote speakers

Invited guest: Mulu Muleta (Women & Health Alliance International, Ethiopia)


Haifa Madi (EMRO)  & Vincent De Brouwere (ITM) 


Official Closing of 57th Colloquium

Dr.Belghiti Alaoui (MH) 

Mina Abaacrouche (ENSP), Representative Ministry of Health, Vincent De Brouwere (ITM), Bruno Gryseels (ITM)       


Copyright© 2015 IMIST
CNRST-IMIST Angle Allal Al Fassi et Avenue des FAR, Hay Ryad, BP 8027 Nations Unies 10102 Rabat, Maroc
Tél:(+212) 05 Fax: (+212) 05