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What is IMNHC 2023?
The International Maternal Newborn Conference 2023 will be the first biannual international conference bringing together more than 1,000 stakeholders from around the world to accelerate solutions to improve maternal and newborn survival and prevent stillbirths in a coordinated and inclusive manner. This international conference will be held in May 2023 and every two years afterwards to maintain our global progress towards improving maternal and newborn health.

What is the theme of the IMNHC 2023?
The theme of IMNHC 2023 is Together 2023. The tag line is “Aligning Together. Accelerating Together. Saving Lives Together.”

Where is IMNHC 2023 being held?
The IMNHC 2023 will be held in person at the Cape Town International Convention Center in Cape Town, South Africa from May 8 – 11, 2023 and select sessions will be streamed to virtual attendees.

Will translation services be available at IMNHC 2023?
Most of the conference proceedings will be in English; however, we will offer simultaneous interpretation in French, Portuguese, and Spanish during all main plenaries, in addition to select concurrent sessions. We only hope to increase translation services over time.

Do you have exhibition or sponsorship opportunities?
We offer a variety of sponsorship opportunities that offer participation in our exhibition hall. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of IMNHC 2023, please contact us at for more information. All sponsorship applications will be reviewed and approved by the AlignMNH Secretariat and the IMNHC Core Organizing Committee. Please note that applying to be a sponsor does not guarantee sponsorship.

Will scholarships be offered?
Yes, we will offer a Fellowship Program that will bring together a small cohort of early/young professionals who are pursuing a new career working to make an impact in the MNH community, as well as accepted speakers who need financial support. The cost of attendance at IMNHC 2023 will be fully covered for the qualified scholarship recipients. Scholarship applications will open on September 1, 2022 and will close on October 21, 2022. Preference will be given to applicants from low- and middle-income countries as well as participants under the age of 35 at the time of the IMNHC 2023. Stay tuned for additional details on scholarship opportunities.

How will youth be engaged in the IMNHC 2023?
The planning team will prioritize opportunities to engage youth at the IMNHC 2023 including a Fellowship Program, details forthcoming, which will bring together a small cohort of early/young professionals who are pursuing a new career working to make an impact in the MNH community. In addition to this program, youth presenters are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts or content for non-abstract driven sessions.

How do I register for IMNHC 2023?
Limited early-bird registration will open online at on September 1, 2022, and there will also be regular registration and late registration opportunities available following that.

Will there be ways to participate virtually?
Yes, virtual conference registration will be available. Registration includes access to all main plenaries and other selective programming. Additionally, on-demand viewing of sessions will be available post-conference.

How much does it cost to attend?
In-person conference registration fees range based on the date one registers, as well as whether an individual is from a high, middle, or low-income country based on the World Bank Classification. Virtual conference registration will also be made available at a discounted rate.

Registration FeesCost
Early Bird Registration (in-person)
Low- and middle-income$400
Regular Registration (in-person)
Low- and middle-income$500
Late Breaker (in-person)
Low- and middle-income$600
Low- and middle-income$150

What is included in the cost of my registration?
In-person registration includes access to all plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, networking events, exhibition, marketplace and daily lunch. Please note that registration does NOT include travel and visa expenses (visa requirement dependent on passport country), accommodation expenses, and travel insurance (recommended). Virtual registration includes access to all live-streamed main plenaries and other selective programming. Additionally, on-demand viewing of sessions will be available post-conference to both virtual and in-person attendees.

Will there be on-site registration?
No, we will not be offering on-site registration.

When will registration open and close?

Early Bird Registration
Opens: 1 September 2022
Closes: 14 September 2022

Regular Registration
Opens: 15 September 2022
Closes: 31 January 2023

Late Registration
Opens: 1 February 2023
Closes: 15 March 2023

What is the refund and/or cancellation policy for registration?
Full details on registration terms and conditions will be forthcoming on the platform when registration opens.

Where can I find more information about inclusive programming at IMNHC?
We are dedicated to providing a conference experience that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion, and contributes to a sustainable future by being environmentally conscious. We are committed to making our content available in accessible formats, such as by offering interpretation services and closed captions for viewing on-demand. Additionally, the Cape Town Convention Center (CTICC) has been designed to ensure that the building is an inclusive venue for all delegates and visitors. Click here to learn more. Stay tuned for upcoming information on our inclusive programming agenda at IMNHC 2023.

What measures will be taken to ensure my health and safety?
The health and safety of all attendees and staff are a top priority of IMNHC 2023 and our planning team. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updates as they are available. Please note that all attendees will also be expected to follow and comply with all national and/or local requirements of South Africa.

How can I join IMNHC planning efforts?
The IMNHC Communications and Technical Advocacy Committee brings together the global MNH community of communicators and advocates to include in-country networks, civil society organizations, MNH focal points, and other partners working in the communications and technical advocacy space to advance the goals and objectives of the IMNHC. Membership of this committee is open. Click here to express interest.


How do I submit an abstract or panel?
Abstracts and pre-formed panels may be submitted via the online portal from July 14, 2022, until September 1, 2022, 11:59 PM CAT. The link to the portal will be accessible via the Abstract Submission page on July 14, 2022. Please click here for general information and guidance on abstracts and panels.

If my abstract is accepted for the IMNHC scientific program, will I automatically receive funding to attend the conference?
All scholarship requests must be made by the presenting author through the scholarship section of your IMNHC profile by completing a scholarship application form on or before October 21, 2022. Scholarships are not guaranteed, and additional details and rules will be made available when scholarships open on September 1, 2022.

Can abstract reviewers, members of official IMNHC committees, or people otherwise involved with planning IMNHC submit abstracts?
Yes. There are no restrictions on who can submit. Abstract reviewers are required to declare potential conflicts of interest and will not review abstracts where conflicts of interest may be present.

Are there limits on the number of abstracts that can be submitted by individuals or organizations?
No. Individuals and organizations can submit as many abstracts as they like. However, individuals can appear only twice in the program as a presenter in either a traditional oral or flash presentation session. Therefore, authors should consider identifying a range of presenting authors.

Can abstracts include previously presented or published data?
In general, authors should not submit abstracts that do not contain new findings. If any portion of findings have been presented previously, this must be declared during abstract submission, together with rationale.

Can figures and tables be included in IMNHC abstracts?
No. Submitters may not include tables or figures in their abstract submissions.

Can you submit the same abstract as an individual submission and as part of a pre-formed panel?
No. You should submit each abstract only once as either an individual abstract or as part of a pre-formed panel.

Do all abstract and non-abstract presenters need to be in person at IMNHC 2023?
We hope that all presenters will be able to attend the event in person and presenters will be given priority for registration.

Is it acceptable to submit abstracts without having the data?
No, abstracts without programmatic or research findings available before the deadline should not be submitted. A late-breaker abstract submission option will be available in December 2022.

What should I do if my abstract doesn’t align with any of the sub-tracks listed for a particular track?
Authors should identify the primary and secondary tracks that they think are the best fit, even if the tracks do not align perfectly with the submission.

Are citations required and do citations count towards the word limit for abstracts?
Citations should not be included in abstract or panel submissions.

How can I apply for sessions that are not abstracts?
IMNHC 2023’s non-abstract program will ensure an exchange of learning that may include interactive formats that encourage storytelling and atypical convening styles, such as a technical marketplace, storytelling exhibition, and satellite events. Non-abstract session applications will open on September 15, 2022.

What should I consider when determining whether to submit abstracts, pre-formed panels or other formats?

Presentation FormatConsiderations
Regular AbstractSelection Process: Highly competitive
Format: Least flexible, format currently noted on website
Previously Presented Data: Strong rationale required
Panel Session
(3 or 4 abstracts, common topic)
Selection Process: Highly competitive
Format: Somewhat flexible (e.g., some video, storytelling permitted)
Previously Presented Data: Strong rationale required
Late Breaker AbstractSelection Process: Most competitive
Format: Pre-specified, as noted on website
Previously Presented Data: Not permitted
Official SatelliteSelection Process: Most competitive
Format: Flexible
Previously Presented Data: Permissible
Other Non-Abstract SessionSelection Process: Highly competitive
Format: Formats will be posted on website before 9/15/22
Previously Presented Data: Permissible
Unofficial SatelliteSelection Process: None, open
Format: Most flexible, per your chosen venue
Previously Presented Data: Permissible

*note applications are not accepted for plenary talks


Can more than one country delegation Expression of Interest application be submitted?
No, only one application per country will be accepted. It is advised that MNH stakeholders work closely together to apply. Stakeholders should include the Ministry of Health, MNH implementing partners, health providers, and other MNH actors (such as those participating in an MNH technical working group).

What are included in the benefits for the selected country delegation participants?
Benefits for selected delegation participants include the following:

  • Registration and travel covered for in-person attendees, including:
    • Registration costs
    • Airfare
    • Transportation to/from airport, hotel and venue
    • Accommodation and expenses related to meals and incidentals
  • Up to 15 registrations for virtual attendees
  • Opportunity to exhibit country work in official program
  • Official sponsor, including logo and name, in all official conference materials**
  • Exclusive networking opportunities
  • Dedicated time on the agenda for country delegation meetings
  • Opportunities to exchange knowledge with other delegations

** With Government approval

Can I submit my country delegation Expression of Interest application in a different language?
The following languages will be accepted: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. However, English is preferred. Applications may likely be automatically translated to English for reviewers to understand.

We have many MNH stakeholders from all over the country that we would like to propose. Can we propose more than 10 delegates?
Unfortunately, only a total of 250 delegates (10 delegates each for the 25 delegations) will be accepted as part of sponsored country delegations. However, conference organizers recognize that this does not represent the full country representation attending the IMNHC as we expect those numbers to be much higher. As you consider your proposed delegation it is strongly advised that it be diverse with strong representation from the government (Ministry of Health, other relevant ministries), implementing partners, healthcare providers, UN agencies, academia and young and emerging professionals. It is also advised that representation does not come from just one area of the country (e.g., capital city), but representative across different states/departments/regions/provinces.

AlignMNH is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development.


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