The Maternal Health Task Force and its online resources will now be managed by the Harvard Chan School Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health led by Professor Henning Tiemier and Program Coordinator Bethany Kotlar. With a long history of leadership in maternal and child health, the Harvard Chan School runs one of the preeminent training programs for public health professionals through the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child health…read more
As we reflect on the work that we’ve accomplished through the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and plan for the next set of global commitments (the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs), it’s important to talk about the inextricable link between mothers and their children. This link is both biological and social and has critical implications for health systems…read more
April 11th will mark the third annual call to action for the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights. We are calling on the UN Secretary General to officially recognize this date in support of global maternal health. Please consider getting involved as we rally support for maternal health and rights! …read more
The sharp and sustained focus on maternal health over the last 30 years has resulted in a global decline in maternal mortality, but our work on maternal health is far from over. It is time to revisit our approach to maternal health needs so that we can effectively address both the complex unfinished and emerging maternal health agendas…read more
By Koki Agarwal, Director, Maternal and Child Survival Program; Ana Langer, Director, Maternal Health Task Force; and Joy Riggs-Perla, Director, Saving Newborn Lives at Save the Children
While the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) underlined the necessity of better policies and programs to improve maternal and child health, HIV and AIDS, malaria, and other health conditions, the approach had significant flaws. Having separate goals for mothers and children may have been a disservice, fostering the persistent segmentation of service delivery.
The era of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recently started. With their focus on universal health care, equity, and integration, the new policy framework represents a historic opportunity to build on progress, while addressing the limitations of the MDGs. It is critical, however, not to let an emphasis on maternal and newborn health wane in this new broad agenda… read more
As we reflect on the work that we’ve accomplished through the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and plan for the next set of global commitments (the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs), it’s important to talk about the inextricable link between mothers and their children. This link is both biological and social and has critical implications for health systems. With this knowledge, it is important that maternal and child health professionals work together and look at the continuum of maternal, newborn and child health in an integrated fashion, without forgetting any of these critical elements. But what is integration?… read more
By Ana Langer, Director, Maternal Health Task Force and Joy Riggs-Perla, Director, Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives program.
When thinking about the term integration for maternal and newborn health care we need to keep our focus with the intended outcome. Our attention should be on providing equitable, high-quality care for both the mother and the newborn.