Wilson Center Event: Closing the Gaps of Maternal Health in Conflict and Crises

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We are excited to announce the upcoming policy dialogue, Closing the Gaps of Maternal Health in Conflict and Crises. The event will take place at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. (and online!) on Thursday, December 8, 2016. This dialogue is part of the Maternal Health Task Force’s Advancing Policy Dialogue on Maternal Health Series, in partnership with UNFPA and the Wilson Center.

Interested in attending or following along online? See the invitation from the Wilson Center below to learn more and register for the event.

Every day, about 800 women die from preventable complications during pregnancy and childbirth. More than half of those deaths take place in fragile states afflicted with armed conflict or high levels of violence. In the era of the Sustainable Development Goals, the global community needs to renew its commitment to leaving no mother behind, especially in areas ridden with conflict and crises.

What is the latest data on maternal health in conflict and crises, and how does it translate into the realities on the ground? Where are the policy and funding gaps? What is the role of various stakeholders, such as the private sector, in closing these gaps?

On December 8, please join the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative, Harvard University’s Maternal Health Task Force, and the United Nations Population Fund for a discussion on these questions with a panel of experts.


  • Roger-Mark De Souza, Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience
  • Massimo Diana, Representative, United Nations Population Fund Syria
  • Sandra Krause, Program Director, Reproductive Health, Women’s Refugee Commission
  • Joy Marini, Executive Director, Global Community Impact, Maternal, Newborn, Child Health, Women and Girls, Johnson & Johnson
  • Dr. Paul Spiegel, Director, Center for Refugee and Disaster Response, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Event Details

Register for the event here

When: Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Where:The Wilson Center, 5th floor conference room, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania, Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20004

Join us online!
Tune in to the live webcast or view the archive after the meeting here.

Join the conversation on Twitter at @NewSecurityBeat and @MHTF and by following #MHdialogue. To find more coverage of these issues on the Wilson Center’s blog, NewSecurityBeat.org.

Related Content:

No Mother Left Behind: How Conflict Exacerbates the Global Maternal Health Challenge

As Humanitarian Crises Multiply, Maternal Health and Safety of Women Becoming a Focus