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

Webcast

Emerging Priorities for Maternal Health in Nigeria (Abuja and Washington, DC)

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December 17, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
In the last decade, Nigeria has seen only modest improvements in maternal health. Despite innovative efforts such as the Midwives Service Scheme, SURE-P, and Saving One Million Lives, maternal mortality rates stand at 565 per 100,000 live births and modern contraceptive prevalence among married women is still low (10 percent). more

Pulitzer Center: "How to Protect Women in Times of Crisis" on MHI Event

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Dec 03, 2014
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting recently covered MHI's event about maternal health and gender-based violence in crisis settings. more
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Measuring Maternal Health in a Post-MDG World

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December 01, 2014 // 2:00pm5:00pm
For almost 15 years, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have prominently featured maternal health improvements by targeting preventable maternal deaths and universal access to reproductive health care more
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Addressing Maternal Health and Gender-Based Violence in Times of Crisis

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November 20, 2014 // 2:00pm5:00pm
In times of crisis, such as conflict, natural disaster, or an epidemic, critical maternal and reproductive health services often become unavailable. For pregnant women, the probability of mortality or morbidity increases; gender-based violence is more common for all more
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The Power of 1.8 Billion Young People: ‘State of the World Population 2014’ Launch

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November 18, 2014 // 9:30am11:30am
“A world in which a quarter of humanity is denied full enjoyment of their rights is an unjust world,” said Kate Gilmore, deputy executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). “It’s a world without the building blocks for human progress, for human peace, for human security.” 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