Stillbirth Advocacy Working Group

Global scorecard to track progress towards milestones of Lancet Ending Preventable Stillbirth’s Call to Action now available.


SAWG blog series

The latest blog post ‘Skill-building on Perinatal Death Reviews: A Facilitator Guide and resources’ by Dr. Tedbabe Degefie Hailegebriel is now available

Many thanks to those who have already written posts, which go on Save the Children’s Healthy Newborn Network (HNN) website. Check out prior posts:


Other opportunities for action

  • ISA supports the global call to action for the full recognition and inclusion of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in universal health care (UHC). Sign on here to lend your own organization’s support.
  • WRA “What women want – demands for quality healthcare for women and girls” survey seeking to hear from >1million women and girls worldwide asking them what their one request for quality reproductive & maternal healthcare services is, launched April 11th 2018. Opportunity to engage to advocate for stillbirths, including completing the survey and possibly a blog (WRA have added codes for stillbirths to be able to capture these responses). Survey extended to March 2019.
  • Women Deliver conference in Vancouver in June 2019: anyone going should have pre-conference discussion on to maximize our presence there. Will be an excellent platform for awareness around the Global Scorecard. Joy Lawn leading session on “Who has the power in pregnancy?” with speakers from Uganda and S Africa slated to attend
  • Countdown 2030: we need to ensure links with indicators on SBs. First tier of indicators now agreed, do not include stillbirths; working on 2nd tier


Recent stillbirth-related global publications/ events/ initiatives


Upcoming stillbirth-related events

  • PMNCH Partner’s Forum in Delhi 12 – 13 December 2018 – pre-meetings for WHA2019 statement on midwifery education, SEARO TAG meeting with stillbirth focus (Joy Lawn to be external expert to advise this group).
  • International Women’s Day, 8 March 2019
  • PSANZ in Australia, 17-20 March 2019
  • World Health Assembly, Geneva, 20-28 May 2019
  • Women Deliver, Vancouver, Canada: 3-6 June 2019: Concurrent session planned on Pregnancy: who holds the power? to include major focus on stillbirth with panel including bereaved parents.
  • Stillbirth Summit, Minneapolis, 19-21 June 2019
  • ISA conference Madrid 4 – 6 October 2019 –Please consider attending the only global stillbirth-focused conference! Parents especially warmly welcomed! Conference will be streamed in English and Spanish.


Outputs from the SAWG in last year


Get connected!

List of acronyms (let us know if there is an acronym we should add to this list!)

  • BJOG: British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • CVRS: civil vital registration statistics
  • DAI: Development Alternatives, Inc.
  • DHS: Demographic and Health Survey
  • FIGO: International Federation of Gynecology & Obstetrics
  • HNN: Healthy Newborn Network
  • HQ: headquarters
  • ICM: International Confederation of Midwives
  • ICN: International Council of Nurses
  • IGME: Inter-Agency Group on Mortality Estimation
  • IMPROVE: IMproving Perinatal mortality Review and Outcomes Via Education
  • IPA: International Pediatrics Association
  • ISA: International Stillbirth Alliance
  • LMIC: low- and middle-income countries
  • LSHTM: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • MCH: maternal and child health
  • MOH: Ministry of Health
  • MNH: maternal & newborn health
  • MNCH: maternal, newborn and child health
  • MPDSR: Maternal and perinatal death surveillance and response
  • NCD: non-communicable diseases
  • NN: neonatal
  • PH: public health
  • PM: post-mortem
  • PMNCH: Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
  • PND: perinatal deaths
  • PSANZ: Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • SB: stillbirth
  • SEARO: WHO Southeast Asia Regional Office
  • TOR: terms of reference
  • UNFPA: United Nations Population Fund
  • UNICEF: United Nations Children’s Fund
  • UN-IGME: United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation
  • VASA: Verbal Autopsy and Social Autopsy
  • WD: Women Deliver
  • WHA: World Health Assembly
  • WHO: World Health Organization
  • WRA: White Ribbon Alliance



VISION: A world in which preventable stillbirths no longer occur, and care for families and health workers after stillbirths is compassionate, high-quality, and culturally appropriate.


1.       Develop and support a network that advocates for stillbirth prevention and care within the existing global architecture (Global Strategy, Every Newborn Action Plan, Quality-Equity-Dignity, etc.)

2.       Ensure key evidence and data are visible, resourced, tailored appropriately for key audiences, and linked to accountability at country level and globally

3.       Seize key moments to advocate for stillbirth prevention and care

4.       Empower “bottom-up” advocacy from parents and parent groups