The Young Champions of Maternal Health Program, started in 2009, is the first international fellowship to focus specifically on supporting a new generation of global leaders dedicated to improving maternal health.
The MHTF has partnered with The Institute of International Education to implement the second cohort of Young Champions who come from the MHTF’s priority countries: Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, and Mexico. The Young Champions are paired with seasoned mentors who are working to better understand the barriers and the innovative solutions for improving the quality of maternal health care.
The MHTF organized the first cohort of Young Champions of Maternal Health in partnership with Ashoka, a global organization that identifies and supports social entrepreneurs. Fifteen individuals were selected from 13 countries, including India, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Iran. Each Young Champion was paired with a mentor, and together each team designed a project focused on a specific maternal health challenge. The Young Champions had the opportunity to deal first-hand with the challenges of devising new solutions and implementing them in low-resource settings.