Frequently Asked Questions

About the conference | Logistics & registration | Program | Side sessions | Abstract submission | About the host country

About the conference

What is the Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference?

The Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference is a technical meeting focused on accelerating progress towards effective and sustainable coverage of maternal and newborn interventions at scale.

What is the goal of the conference?

The Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference will provide a forum to identify, understand and respond to the most urgent health needs of mothers and newborns, focusing on quality care, integration and equity.

The conference will advance the technical knowledge of maternal and newborn health issues; showcase innovative and effective solutions to improving maternal and newborn health; consider successes and challenges of scaling up quality, integrated and equitable maternal and newborn health programs; and accelerate momentum for maternal and newborn health within the post-2015 development framework.

Learn more about the conference objectives and themes.

Who is attending the conference?

The conference will be attended by technical implementers, policymakers, researchers and practitioners from over 50 countries who submitted abstracts through a peer-review process. Additional participants include critical individuals from high-burden, low-income countries and convening partners who support implementation efforts worldwide. A limited general registration pool comprises the rest of the conference attendees.

For those not attending in person, there will be numerous opportunities to engage online, including webcasts of plenary sessions and live coverage on social media.

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Who are the conference conveners?

The Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference is convened by the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), and Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) program, in collaboration with the Secretariat of Health of Mexico, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Fundación Carlos Slim; Jhpiego; Merck for Mothers; the  the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); and Women Deliver.

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Conference logistics & registration

How much will registration cost?

$350 registration fee for participants from low- and middle-income countries.
$550 registration fee for participants from high-income countries.
For a list of country income level classifications, check here.

Is the conference registration fee refundable?

The conference registration fee is fully refundable if a participant withdraws his/her participation on or before 31 August 2015. After that date, the conference registration fee is non-refundable.

Where is the conference venue?

The conference will take place in Mexico City, Mexico at the Hilton Mexico City Reforma. The Hilton is located at the heart of Mexico City’s historic center and situated alongside the city’s finest architecture, theatres, embassies, and art galleries.

Where will participants stay?

Participants will be able to select their hotel upon registration. There are a number of hotels within walking distance of the Hilton at different price points.

Are visas required for travel to Mexico?

Depending on where you are traveling from, a visa may be required to enter Mexico. Learn more.

You can request  a visa letter when you complete your online registration. To request a letter from the conference team to complete your visa application, please email Amy Martini at

When should I plan to arrive and depart Mexico City?

Air travel should be booked to arrive in Mexico City by 16:00 Sunday, October 18 and depart after 21:00 on Wednesday, October 21. Please note: If you are planning to book your own flight, your flight itinerary is required by 31 July to complete your conference registration.

Will the conference provide Ground Transportation to and from Mexico City International Airport (MEX)?

The conference organizers will provide round trip ground transportation to and from Mexico City International Airport (MEX) and the conference hotel you select during registration, based on your flight information.  Shuttles will be provided on the main arrival and departure dates on Sunday, October 18, Wednesday, October 21 and Thursday, October 22.

I qualify for participation support. What does this include?

For those who qualify, conference participation support includes:

  • Waived conference registration fee
  • Lodging for up to four nights (Sun 10/18 through Weds 10/21)
  • Roundtrip economy airfare from point of origin to Mexico City International Airport (MEX)
  • Ground transport provided through the conference to and from to Mexico City International Airport (MEX) and your hotel based on your flight information
  • All meals starting with dinner on Sunday 10/18 through dinner on Wednesday 10/21
  • Support for visa procurement if needed

Participation support is non-transferable. If you have any questions about participation support, please contact Amy Martini at

How do I send materials to Mexico City for my presentation at the conference?

Materials for the Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference will be accepted at the Hilton Reforma Mexico City one week prior to the start of the conference (starting on 13 October 2015). Please email Amy Martini with the details of what you are shipping including the number of boxes, tracking numbers, and courier (UPS, FedEx, etc.). All conference materials* must be shipped to the following address: Hilton Reforma Mexico City; Attn: Tania Vargas, Groups Coordinator; C/O: GMNHC2015 Group 10/18; Av. Juarez 70, Col. Centro; Mexico D. F. 06010; Mexico; Tel: +1 55 5130 5300.

PLEASE NOTE: The hotel has experienced issues when sending and receiving textiles and promotional items that are Brand stamped. Textiles will not be allowed into Mexico unless you work with a customs broker. Please consider this before sending your packages. If you have additional questions about shipping materials, please contact Amy Martini.  Please send all shipping details to Amy by no later than October 1, 2015.

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Conference program

What is the conference program?

The conference program will be announced in August 2015. The conference will include an opening reception, plenary sessions, breakout sessions, a marketplace of ideas, skills demonstrations, opening and closing sessions.

What are the key conference themes?

The main focus of the conference is: Reaching every mother and newborn with quality care. Three themes will be featured: Quality Care, Integration, and Equity.

There are six tracks:

  1. Innovating to accelerate impact at scale
  2. Measuring for evaluation and accountability
  3. Bridging equity divides
  4. Generating new evidence to fill critical knowledge gaps
  5. Strengthening demand for health care
  6. Increasing health systems’ capacity to respond to population need

Learn more about the conference themes and tracks.

Will there be any interpretation services available?

Limited interpretation services will be available in Spanish and French during some sessions. The official language of the conference is English.

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Auxiliary sessions

My organization would like to plan an auxiliary session before, during, or after the conference. How can I do that?

Please visit the Auxiliary Sessions page of the conference website for more information as well as a form to complete if you would like to host an auxiliary session onsite at the Hilton Reforma.

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Abstract submission process – Now CLOSED

Is this an abstract-driven conference?

As a technical conference, the majority of the program will be built around accepted abstracts for individual oral presentations, pre-formed panels, posters, skill demonstrations and the marketplace of ideas. All abstracts must address one of the conference’s six tracks.

Submissions were reviewed by the Conference Advisory Group, comprised of international technical experts in maternal and newborn health.

How do I submit an abstract?

The abstract submission process is closed.

I have an accepted abstract but I can longer attend. Am I able to send a colleague in my place to present?

We’re sorry to hear that you cannot join us in Mexico. Changes to presenters will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the conference organizers. In rare instances, we will accommodate changes due to extenuating circumstances. If you find yourself in this position, please send us information about your case via the contact us form.

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About the host country

Why was Mexico selected as the host country?

Mexico is a recognized leader in maternal and newborn health, both in Latin America and worldwide. The Mexican Government has pioneered successful policies and programs to improve mothers’ and babies’ health through innovative financing, addressing issues of equity, and elevating the status of women. Academic organizations, international and local non-governmental organizations, professional associations, the private sector, and philanthropic entities also play a significant role in advancing maternal and newborn health agenda.

What is the climate like in Mexico?

What is the climate in Mexico City during the month of October?

The average temperature in October in Mexico City is highs of 23 degrees Celsius/ 73 degrees Fahrenheit and lows of 10 degrees Celsius and 50 degrees Fahrenheit. It typically rains five days or less during the month of October. Click here to see today’s weather forecast.

What is the accepted currency in Mexico City?

The Mexican Peso is the most widely accepted form of currency in Mexico City. US dollars are also accepted at most places in Mexico City.

1 US Dollar = 15.275 Mexican Pesos (approx.). Please click here for the current currency converter:

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