12th International Conference on the Maternal Child Health Handbook

On behalf of the International Committee, we are delighted to invite you to attend the 12th International Maternal Child Health Handbook International Conference, to be held July 8 – 10, 2020 at the University of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands.

The MCH Handbook Conference is a biennial International Conference. From more than 40 countries in the world, professionals, with various backgrounds, including public health specialists, NGO/NPO, policy makers, will attend the Conference and share their knowledge. Cross-learning between countries is key. The Conference offers excellent opportunities to learn from the latest research and practice, to network with experts and colleagues from different countries and to expand your professional horizons in the field of preventive public health care for children and their parents (to be).

Every child in the world deserves a ‘Promising Start’ and this will be the overall theme of this conference, because it should not be a case where you are born in the present world. Every child should be entitled to an advantageous start to grow up to a healthy and happy adult.

Every pregnant women and partner needs information to ensure the best possible growth for their child, and moreover, to be healthy. Also, professionals are needed to support parents and help them whenever possible or to direct them to additional care. But how can we reach all parents? For example, those who are less educated or illiterate or who live far away from health professionals?

With pleasure, we invite every professional that can contribute or those who work with parents (to be). We also invite researchers, professionals on child development, healthcare workers, or policy-makers. We are all needed to support the parent-to-be as well as we can to ensure the child will get that advantageous start!

Abstracts will be invited for workshops, single presentations and poster presentations about all areas of preventive care research, practice and policy. Abstract submission will open in December 2019.

We are also pleased to announce that the MCH Handbook Conference will take place in one of the most stunning cities in the world – Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Amsterdam is a safe, modern, multicultural city with vibrant local arts and culture scenes.

We look forward to welcoming you to Amsterdam in July 2020!

Yasuhide Nakamura
Chair, International Committee on MCH Handbook
Professor, Emeritus, Osaka University, Japan
Professor, Konan Women’s University, Japan.

Anneke Kesler-Koppe
Chair Host/Local Organising Committee (Amsterdam 2020)
Member, the International Committee on MCH Handbook
Public Health Services Amsterdam, the Netherlands.