In developing countries, more than 500,000 women die of pregnancy-related complications each year, yet most of these deaths can be prevented with improved medical care. The Wilson Center's Global Health Initiative has launched a policy series to discuss, inform, and potentially effect policy on critical issues related to maternal health.
October 2008 – The Washington Post highlights growing maternal health trend and the issues of maternal mortality worldwide
August 2008 – Author and Wilson Center Board of Trustees Member Examines Medical Tourism in Newest Novel
August 2008 – New UNAIDS report presents HIV/AIDS data on 147 countries, the "most comprehensive review of the epidemic to date."
July 2008 – Frederick Burkle, Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar, describes the security and medical support measures needed in the wake of complex emergencies.
July 2008 – U.S. Senate approves extension of the President's Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to a budget of $48 billion over the next five years.
China's Sichuan Province incurred many casualties following the massive earthquake in June. The disaster also shed light on environmental and infrastructure problems in China. Several recent meetings were held on these issues, one on public health flaws after natural disasters and the other on China's cement industry.
July 2008 – Coalition of health organizations introduces initiative to distribute new multi-drug-resistant TB tests.
Frederick Burkle, Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar, describes the impact of public health emergencies on disaster management in new Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness article.
June 2008 - Mary Olive Smith discusses the burden of obstetric fistula and her documentary film, A Walk to Beautiful.