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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 from the Maternal Health Initiative

  • Since 2009, the Wilson Center’s Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health Series, in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), has brought together experts working in maternal health with a focus on solutions. 

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  • The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted vulnerabilities in gender dynamics in the healthcare system, global economies, and the formal and informal workforce. Pregnant people have faced worse health outcomes as a result of the pandemic, and the work women perform is often considered to be essential but is undervalued.

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  • Since 2017, the Wilson Center's Maternal Health Initiative - in partnership with EMD Serono, the healthcare business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany - have highlighted the gendered burden of caregiving work through blog articles, public dialogues, and publications.

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  • The Wilson Center’s Africa in Transition series, co-sponsored by the Population Institute, focuses on how often overlooked population trends—fertility, maternal mortality, migration, urbanization—shape sub-Saharan Africa’s chances for prosperity, health, and security.

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  • In this 3-event series, the Wilson Center's Maternal Health Initiative, in collaboration with USAID’s MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership, highlight strategies and national efforts to strengthen the capacity of countries to systematically address inequities and meet the needs of under-represented groups.

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