The Young Champions of Maternal Health Program, started in 2009 by the Maternal Health Task Force, is the first-ever international fellowship to focus specifically on supporting a new generation of global leaders dedicated to improving maternal health. Recognizing the lifelong impact of mentoring, the MHTF encourages and supports early- and mid-career professionals in maternal health.
The MHTF partnered with the Institute of International Education (IIE) to provide the Young Champions with connections to leading maternal health experts, who served as mentors. The relationships forged from these mentorships created a diverse network of maternal health doctors, researchers, and program implementers. In addition to networking, the Young Champions received the opportunity to improve their professional and technical skills by working on a maternal health research or field project over the course of nine months.
Young Champions Second Cohort
In 2012, the MHTF and the Institute of International Education (IIE) identified a second cohort of 10 Young Champions from Ethiopia, India, Mexico and Nigeria.
- Anteneh Asefa Mekonnen (Ethiopia)
- Ashiru Abubakar (Nigeria)
- Chinomnso Ibe Traffina (Nigeria)
- Luz Maria Soto Pizano (Mexico)
- Mahlet Atakilt Woldetsadik (Ethiopia)
- Neha Rathi (India)
- Oluwadamilola Olufunbi Olaogun (Nigeria)
- Priya John (India)
- Solomon Abebe Addis (Ethiopia)
- Vasudha Chakravarthy (India)
Young Champions First Cohort
In 2009, the MHTF partnered with Ashoka to place the first cohort of 15 Young Champions—students and young graduates—with maternal health institutions across the globe. Their mission was to to improve maternal mortality and morbidity through either research or innovative field work.
To learn more about the first cohort of Young Champions, read the ebook they wrote with Ashoka.
- Anna Dion (Argentina)
- Carolina Damásio (Mali)
- Egwaoje Ifeyinwa Madu (Nigeria)
- Faatimaa Ahmadi (Uganda)
- Faisal Siraj (Nigeria)
- Hellen Mammeja Kotlolo (India)
- Julianne Parker (Brazil)
- María Laura Casalegno (Mexico)
- Martha Fikre Adenew (Ethiopia)
- Onikepe Oluwadamilola Owolabi (India)
- Peris Wakesho (Nigeria)
- Sara Al-Lamki (Indonesia)
- Seth Cochran (Spain)
- Yeabsira Mehari (India)
- Zubaida Bai (USA)