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The Impact of Climate Change on Maternal and Newborn Health Outcomes

Please join the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative, in collaboration with UNFPA, for a panel discussion addressing the lasting effects of climate change on maternal and newborn health outcomes.

Date & Time

Nov. 1, 2022
9:00am – 10:30am ET


Climate change directly and indirectly affects maternal and newborn health outcomes globally. Exposure to climate-related stressors can lead to adverse health outcomes, including miscarriage, low birth weight, malnutrition, and respiratory disease. Additionally, increases in infectious disease and food insecurity driven in part by climate change can have long-term effects, including increased rates of child marriage. Climate-related crises can also lead to diminished access to necessary sexual and reproductive health services. For example, individuals forcibly displaced as a result of extreme weather events face enormous barriers to access necessary health care.

The Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative, in collaboration with UNFPA, hosted a panel discussion addressing the lasting effects of climate change on maternal and newborn health outcomes and the importance of addressing this often overlooked intersection of issues in global climate discussions. Panelists shared lived experience, evidence-based research, and innovations and policies from regions most directly impacted by climate change.


Paulina Ospina Headshot

Paulina Ospina

Associate Director, Maternal Child Health Program, Direct Relief


Sari Kovats Headshot

Sari Kovats

Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, Environments and Society in the Faculty of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Talib Lashari Headshot

Talib Lashari

Technical Advisor, Population Welfare Department, Government of Sindh, Pakistan; Consultant, Department of Health, Government of Sindh
Jorge Matine Headshot

Jorge Matine

Director, IPAS Mozambique
Nila Wardani Headshot

Nila Wardani

Coordinator, Research Division, White Ribbon Alliance Indonesia
Skye Wheeler Headshot

Skye Wheeler

Senior Researcher, Women’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch

Hosted By

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.  Read more

Environmental Change and Security Program

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental change, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.  Read more

Asia Program

The Asia Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more

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