About the Maternal Health Initiative

Life and health are the most basic human rights, yet disparities between and within countries continue to grow. No single solution or institution can address the variety of health concerns the world faces. By leveraging, building on, and coordinating the Wilson Center’s strong regional and cross-cutting programming, the Maternal Health Initiative (MHI) promotes dialogue and understanding among practitioners, scholars, community leaders, and policymakers. more

The Latest from the Maternal Health Initiative


Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Programs as a Strategy to Advance Maternal Health

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March 10, 2014 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Hundreds of thousands of women die of pregnancy- and childbirth-related complications every year and research suggests, in developing countries, there is a link between maternal health and lack of access to quality water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). more

Improving Maternal Health Through Universal Health Coverage

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February 20, 2014 // 12:00pm2:00pm
The global maternal health agenda has been largely defined by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for the last decade and half, but what will happen after they expire in 2015? What kind of framework is needed to continue the momentum towards eliminating preventable maternal deaths and morbidities? more

Can Technology Stop Gender Based Violence?

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Feb 07, 2014
Sandeep Bathala, Senior Program Associate for the Environmental Change and Security Program and the Maternal Health Initiative at the Wilson Center, discusses Gender Based Violence and explores ethical questions surrounding the use of new technologies to combat what some describe as a global epidemic. more

Maternal Health and HIV: Global Priorities for Research and Action

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January 13, 2014 // 12:00pm4:00pm
Two Panels: Creating a Comprehensive Research and Evaluation Agenda for Maternal Health and HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa and Addressing HIV Stigma and Preventing Disrespect and Abuse: Global Insights to Improve Maternal Health and Promote Reproductive Rights more

Delivering Success: Scaling Up Solutions for Maternal Health

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Sep 24, 2013
The Woodrow Wilson Center’s 2012-2013 Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health series brought together experts who work in maternal health, health systems strengthening, and the donor and policymaking communities to leverage participants’ collective knowledge and identify common strategies or priorities that might be adapted across settings to prevent pregnancy-related deaths and complications. Delivering Success: Scaling Up Solutions for Maternal Health captures, analyzes, and synthesizes the strategies and recommendations that emerged from this series. more


Experts & Staff

  • Roger-Mark De Souza // Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience, Wilson Center
  • Sandeep Bathala // Senior Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program, Maternal Health Initiative
  • Katrina Braxton // Program Assistant, Maternal Health Initiative
  • Schuyler Null // Writer/Editor, Environmental Change and Security Program, Maternal Health Initiative