The Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) — a project of the Women and Health Initiative at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health — works to create a strong, well-informed and integrated community of individuals around the globe focused on ending preventable maternal mortality and morbidity worldwide. To that end we:

  • Ensure that maternal health practitioners, policymakers, researchers and advocates have access to the most current and reliable evidence, information and resources on maternal health through our open-access online knowledge management system
  • Identify and create opportunities for the maternal health community, led by voices from the global South, to develop consensus on critical maternal health issues, priorities and actions in order to produce evidence-based policy, programs, education and clinical guidelines
  • Generate new evidence for program development and policy advocacy through targeted research addressing emerging or neglected areas within maternal health
  • Train and mentor the next generation of maternal health leaders

Ongoing support for the MHTF comes from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Hansen Family Foundation and private donors. From 2008 to 2011, the MHTF was based at EngenderHealth. Read more about our Phase I work. For more information, please contact us.


Ana Langer, Director

Ana Langer, MD, joined the Harvard School of Public Health as the leader of the Women and Health flagship initiative in 2010. For the previous five years, Dr. Langer served as the President of…
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Mary Nell Wegner, Executive Director

Mary Nell Wegner joined the Maternal Health Task Force in November 2011 after working in international public health for more than 20 years, and serves as the Executive Director…
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Jacquelyn Caglia, Associate Director

Jacquelyn Caglia joined the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in 2011 and currently serves as the Associate Director of the Women and Health Initiative (W&HI) in the Department of Global Health and Population…
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Rima Jolivet, Maternal Health Technical Director

Rima Jolivet, who joined the Women & Health Initiative in January 2013, is a certified nurse-midwife with a doctorate in public health, specializing in maternal health system strengthening and quality…
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