Maternal Health and HIV: Global Priorities for Research and Action

January 13, 2014 // 12:00pm4:00pm
Event Co-sponsors: 
Africa Program
Global Sustainability and Resilience Program

HIV and complications in childbearing remain the leading causes of death among women of reproductive age around the globe. Approximately one-quarter of deaths among pregnant and postpartum women in sub-Saharan Africa are due to HIV.  Improving maternal health in the context of the epidemic requires a greater understanding of the relationships between HIV and maternal morbidity and mortality; integrated and effective responses by health systems; and social context which promotes quality care and encourages the use of HIV and maternal health care services. Research and evaluation from the maternal health and HIV communities can increase collaboration and provide a powerful impetus that strengthens political constituencies and communities of practice in both areas. Join us as we host two panels on the issues surrounding maternal health and women living with HIV.

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Creating a Comprehensive Research and Evaluation Agenda for Maternal Health and HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Addressing HIV Stigma and Preventing Disrespect and Abuse: Global Insights to Improve Maternal Health and Promote Reproductive Rights

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Event Speakers List: 
  • Chief, Field Support Branch, Division of Reproductive Health, CDC
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Women and Health Initiative; Takemi Fellow in International Health, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Kenya Network, ICW Global
  • Chief Specialist, Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Medical Officer, Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, U.S. Department of State
  • Executive Director, Positive Women's Network USA
  • Maternal and Child Health Coordinator, Management and Development for Health, Tanzania
  • Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Technical Advisor, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS Branch, Technical Division, United Nations Population Fund
  • Project Manager, Hansen Project on Maternal and Child Health, Maternal Health Task Force
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