Online seminar: The WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist Collaboration

Date/Time: Wednesday 8 May, 13:30 Geneva, Switzerland time (11:30 GMT)

Duration: 60 minutes

Presenters: WHO Patient Safety Programme, WHO Departments of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, and Reproductive Health Research


Please join us to learn about World Health Organization’s recently-launched initiative, the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist Collaboration.

In November 2012, WHO launched the Safe Childbirth Checklist Collaboration with an invitation to organizations working in maternal and child health to work with WHO to study the implementation and usefulness of the Checklist in diverse health-care settings.  The launch of the Collaboration followed completion of the Pilot Edition of the Safe Childbirth Checklist and Manual.

The Pilot Edition of the Safe Childbirth Checklist has been developed in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The Checklist is an easy-to-read list to remind health-care workers of essential maternal and prenatal care practices to allow for a healthier delivery.  It contains 29 items addressing the major causes of maternal death, including haemorrhage, infection, obstructed labour, and neonatal deaths. Initial testing of the Checklist has shown its great potential to improve best practices around delivery, but more testing is needed to better understand the benefits of the Checklist and the conditions for implementation in diverse settings.

Through the work of the Collaboration, WHO aims to engage with possible users to field-test the effectiveness of the Checklist. The Collaboration also provides a platform for learning and sharing of experiences.

Register for the online seminar at:

After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with your “registration ID” and the instructions on how to join. Please take note of your registration ID as you will need it to join the online seminar.

Please make sure you have the starting time of the seminar converted to your local time zone.

Please note that places are limited to 500 persons. Reserve your place by registering and make sure you join the seminar on time.

More information on the Safe Childbirth Checklist and the Collaboration can be found at

WHO looks forward to your participation in the online seminar! 


Agenda of the online seminar

•         Welcome and introduction

•         Checklist development, items and rationale

•         The WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist Collaboration

•         The Checklist in the context of other WHO interventions and research

•         Question and answer