Delivering quality essential maternal, newborn and child health services during COVID-19: Oxygen systems for newborns and children

Added on : 17 July 2020

By: Quality of Care Network Secretariat

Thursday 23 July, 2020 at 11 am GMT, 1 pm CEST, 2 pm EAT

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Oxygen therapy remains largely unavailable for severely ill newborns and children admitted to hospitals, and is a critical gap for the management of patients with COVID-19. This webinar will describe the oxygen gap that prevents newborns and children with hypoxaemia from accessing critical care, and opportunities to strengthen oxygen systems to improve the quality of care.

Speakers will share practical solutions from Nigeria on strengthening oxygen systems to achieve broad access, and improve the quality of care for newborn and child health.  A representative of the Rwanda Ministry of Heath will present the country’s strategy to establish oxygen systems as part of health systems strengthening and resilience building and how it has impacted newborn and child health quality of care and supported COVID-19 preparedness. The speakers will discuss how to turn investments in oxygen systems made during the COVID-19 response into lasting improvement in the quality of care for maternal, newborn and child health.

The presentations will be followed by an ‘Ask the experts’ session. 



  • Dr. Hamish Graham, Consultant Paediatrician, Melbourne Children’s Global Health
  • Prof. Adegoke Falade, Consultant Paediatrician, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • M. Donatien Baiyanama, Health Facilities Specialist, Clinical and Public Health Services General Directorate in the Ministry of Health, Rwanda
  • Ms. Annick Ishimwe, Medical Equipment Engineer, Rwanda Biomedical Center/Ministry of Health, Rwanda



  • Dr. Anne Detjen, Health Specialist, iCCM/IMCI, UNICEF
  • Dr. Pavani Ram, Senior Medical Advisor for Child Health, USAID


This is the fourth webinar in a series on ‘Delivering quality essential maternal, newborn and child health services during COVID-19’. Quality of care experts will share global guidance and country experiences around quality of care for maternal, newborn and child health in the context of COVID-19.


The series is co-hosted by the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and the QoC subgroup of the Child Health Task Force, with the support of UNICEF and the World Health Organization.  

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Photo: UNICEF/UNI337820/Bashir Ahmed Sujan