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

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Integrating Mental Health into Maternal Health Programs

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April 09, 2015 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Perinatal common mental health disorders (PCMDs), like maternal depression, are among the most prevalent health problems in pregnancy. Addressing mental health concerns could play an important role in achieving the proposed Sustainable Development Goals, but remains conspicuous by its absence in large-scale global maternal health programs. more
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South Asia Consultation on Maternal Health: Regional Dialogue and Way Forward

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March 31, 2015 // 3:00pm5:00pm
The state of maternal health in South Asia is difficult to assess. Although rates of maternal mortality are declining between 2 and 2.5 percent a year overall, the region’s massive population – one fifth of the world and over 1 billion people in India alone – means it still accounts for one out of three maternal deaths. more

Call the Midwife: A Conversation About the Rising Global Midwifery Movement

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March 23, 2015 // 9:00am4:30pm
Speakers from around the world and across the reproductive health community are coming together to discuss the global midwifery movement. more

Health Reporters: "Stakeholders Plan New Policies for Reproductive Health in Nigeria" on MHI in Nigeria Event

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Jan 15, 2015
Health Reporters, an online health newspaper in Nigeria recently covered MHI’s event, Emerging Priorities for Maternal Health in Nigeria (Abuja and Washington, DC). more
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Emerging Priorities for Maternal Health in Nigeria (Abuja and Washington, DC)

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December 17, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
“Nigeria’s population is only two percent of the world population, but we contribute about 10 percent of the maternal mortality,” said Oladosu Ojengbede, professor and director of the University of Ibadan’s Center for Population and Reproductive Health. 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 // Web Editor and Writer/Editor, Environmental Change and Security Program, Maternal Health Initiative