6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Saving Mothers, Giving Life: It Takes a System to Save a Mother

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Saving Mothers, Giving Life 

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The vast majority of maternal deaths are preventable. Despite this fact, approximately every two minutes a woman dies during pregnancy or childbirth. 
Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL) was created in 2011 with the goal of reducing maternal mortality in high-burden, sub-Saharan African countries. SMGL took a systems-strengthening approach to address the three primary delays in accessing effective maternity care. Results were significant with a 44% reduction in maternal mortality at SMGL- designated facilities in Uganda and a 38% reduction in SMGL-supported facilities in Zambia.
Join the Wilson Center and the Saving Mothers, Giving Life public-private partnership for the launch of the Global Health: Science and Practice Supplement on Saving Mothers, Giving Life. This half-day event will consist of two panels centered on an explanation and evaluation of the SMGL approach, results, and lessons-learned.

Want to attend but can’t? Tune into the live or archived webcast on this page. The webcast will be embedded at the start time of the event. If you do not see it when the event begins, please wait a moment and reload the page. Archived webcasts go up approximately one day after the meeting date.

Media guests, including TV crews, are welcome and should RSVP directly to Amanda.King@wilsoncenter.org. Media bringing heavy electronics MUST indicate this in their response so they may be cleared through our building security and allowed entrance. 

Join the conversation on Twitter by following @NewSecurityBeat using the hashtag #savingmothers. You can also find related coverage on our blog at NewSecurityBeat.org/dot-mom.




  • Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet

    Executive Director, Merck for Mothers
  • Ben Johns

    Senior Associate and Scientist, Abt Associates
  • Dr. Barbara S. Levy

    Vice President, Health Policy, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Dr. Diane Morof

    Medical Epidemiologist, Reproductive Health Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Dr. Claudia Morrissey Conlon

    U.S. Government Lead, Saving Mothers, Giving Life; Senior Maternal and Newborn Health Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Anne Palaia

    Senior Evaluation Advisor, Global Health, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Dr. Florina Serbanescu

    Global Reproductive Health Evidence for Action Team Lead, Reproductive Health Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention