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

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

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
Webcast

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
Accessing maternal health care is already a challenge in many countries, and when conflict erupts or a disaster strikes, it can get even worse, leaving millions of women on their own while at their most vulnerable, said Ugochi Daniels, chief of humanitarian response for the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). Women and girls also become more vulnerable to violence during times of crisis, she said, by virtue of nothing but their gender. 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