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07 June 2021, Monday
Keynote Speech by Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for Health, Republic of Singapore
Session 1: International Panel on Current Knowledge and Practices
The first 1,000 days of life are a critical period of time which holds opportunities for optimising a child’s health, growth and development. A mother’s health and well-being is also inextricably woven into her child’s early life and development. Ensuring delivery of essential and quality of care for mothers and newborns helps to strengthen maternal and child health and resilience. Cross-sector maternal and child health programmes play key roles in providing early screening and targeted intervention to vulnerable and at-risk groups, shifting trajectories to ensure healthier outcomes.
- What are some ways that the community and broader society can contribute to a child’s first 1,000 days?
- What are the roles of informal and formal structures of support, and how can these be integrated?
- How can principles and practices of maternal and newborn health apply to different cultural settings?
- What are the challenges up ahead to meet emerging maternal and child health needs?
- Dr Tim Moore - Senior Research Fellow, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne
Dr Salam Soliman - Director, Center for Prevention and Early Trauma Treatment, National Service Office for Nurse-Family Partnership and Child First
Dr Tedbabe Degefie Hailegebriel - Senior Adviser, Maternal and Newborn Health, United Nations Children’s Fund
Assoc Prof Helen Chen - Director, Postnatal Depression Intervention Programme / Head, Department of Psychological Medicine, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
- Dr Fidah Alsagoff - Joint Head, Enterprise Development Group / Head, Life Sciences, Temasek International
Session 2: Sharing from the Ground
Maternal health and mental wellness has a cyclical and cause-and-effect nature. Support for mothers in the postpartum period is integral to building physical, psychosocial and mental health and resilience in the mother and child dyad. Child-centred community, social, economic and health support initiatives play a foundational role in supporting maternal and child health needs. More and better-informed awareness and collaboration is needed to extend the reach of support and intervention across families, workplaces and society in order to support the mother, child and family.
- What are the key maternal and child health needs today, and how we can better provide support?
- How can policymakers, care providers and members of the community partner and collaborate in supporting the mother and child dyad?
- What is helpful to support mothers in meeting health and mental wellness challenges during the postpartum period?
- Woon Saet Nyoon - Chief Executive, Temasek Foundation Cares
- Jennie Wan - Head, MindCare, AMKFSC Community Services
- Ng Wei Chern - Senior Assistant Director, Home Visitation Programme, KidSTART Singapore Ltd
- Dr Ho Yiling - Clinical Psychologist, Psychosocial Trauma Support Service, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
- Karen Tan - Patient Advocate and Theatre Actress
- Assoc Prof Helen Chen - Director, Postnatal Depression Intervention Programme / Head, Department of Psychological Medicine, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital