Workshop Agenda

The Programme for Global Paediatric ResearchTM
Workshop: Antenatal and Intrapartum Causes of
Perinatal Asphyxia and Stillbirths in Developing Countries
October 6, 2006,
SofitelCentralPlaza, Bangkok, Thailand

 

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
First Plenary Session 

Introduction to Small Group Sessions

Alvin Zipursky, The Programme for Global Paediatric ResearchTM, Toronto, Canada  provided directions for the small group studies: All groups were asked to develop recommendations of important research needs surrounding the problems of stillbirths and perinatal asphyxia in developing countries. This was to include discussion about the role PGPR can best play in helping advocate for and implement those research recommendations such as publication and dissemination of information to governments, agencies, and other interested parties.

 

10:00 a.m. -  12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. -  3:00 p.m.

Small Group sessions

 

Group 1

Chairs: Karin Nelson, NIH, U.S.A.; and Ranjan Pejaver, Editor-in-Chief of Perinatology, India

Topic: The definition and incidence of stillbirths and perinatal asphyxia in developing countries.

Questions to be discussed:

a.       What tools should be used to derive workable and universal definitions for both stillbirth and perinatal asphyxia?

b.       How can neonatal depression and encephalopathy best be defined and evaluated?

c.        Once definitions have been adopted, how can they be used to determine the incidence of these disorders?

 

Group 2

Chairs: Matthew Ellis, University of Bristol. U.K. and Somsak Suthutvoravut, Ramathi Bodi Hospital, Thailand

Topic: The etiology of stillbirths and perinatal asphyxia in developing countries

Questions to be discussed:

a.       What research is needed to better understand the high incidence of both of these, and related disorders, in developing countries?

 

Group 3

Chairs: Sujeewa Amarasena, Sri Lanka; and Robert Pattinson, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Topic: Interventions for the prevention of stillbirths and perinatal asphyxia in developing countries

Questions to be discussed:

a.       What are the existing means of prevention and how effective are they?

b.       What research is needed to determine other means of prevention?

All three sessions are also to discuss means of implementing these recommendations. This should include issues such as publication as well as dissemination of information to governments and health systems.

 

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Second Plenary Session

Chairs: Somsak Suthutvoravut and Alvin Zipursky

-         Presentations from each of the small groups, summarizing discussions and recommendations

-          General discussion and preparation of final recommendations