The Malta Independent 22 September 2020, Tuesday

Signing of memorandum of understanding to pilot maternal health initiatives

Giulia Magri Friday, 21 June 2019, 13:39 Last update: about 2 years ago

The Malta Trust Foundation signed a MoU with Humanity 2.0 Lab to pilot maternal health initiatives, making Malta the first country to qualify as a participating member of the Humanity 2.0 Lab platform for maternal health.

The Malta Trust Foundation, founded and chaired by former President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, highlighted the importance of such a collaboration to improve and make a difference to the lives of many women and children in Malta, Europe and beyond.

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Coleiro Preca was speaking at a meeting held amongst healthcare experts and stakeholders to discuss maternal health for future generations. Experts in maternal and infant health got together during this morning’s roundtable and discussed issues on the education on the language and philosophy of the family, post- maternal health of a mother and preconception care.

'Malta provides excellent maternal care, which makes it vest placed to be developed into a model of best practice', said President Emeritus Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca.

The purpose of the roundtable is to establish Malta as a model of good practice on maternal healthcare while mapping out what other aspects of Maternal Health can be further enhanced. Speakers highlighted the importance of post- natal check-ups and vaccinations.

The partnership between Humanity 2.0 Lab and The Malta Trust Foundation pushes forward to work together to formulate, adopt, promote and help implement policies and development strategies by entering in a joint and mutual commitment to improve maternal health and wellness and to set a pregnancy standard for women worldwide.

Coleiro Preca said that she was extremely proud of this collaboration and she said that Malta will be a leader in promoting the improvement of maternal health and well-being through the use of Malta's health service as a model of best practice. "Malta can be the perfect laboratory to pilot such initiatives, given its manageable size, it's excellent track record in maternal health and the expertise it has in the area," said Coleiro Preca.

Morad Fareed, CEO of Humanity 2.0 Lab hopes that the collaborative platform will guide the distribution and development of healthier environments for mothers, children, and families globally, so all pregnant women and infants not only survive but flourish. “Maternal health is the most important public health issue, which is not being prioritised, as we have a lack of distribution and a lack of resources. We hope that by collaborating with numerous stakeholders and by looking at different platforms we can tackle these issues.”

He said that the impact of the collaboration between Humanity 2.0 Lab and The Malta Trust Foundation could have a huge impact and that the integration of best practices is a promising partnership. “We are here today to see what we can tackle first and to produce a roadmap which is Malta-centred and to move towards a bright future through this collaboration.”

 

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