Maternal Health Task Force


New Jobs in Maternal Newborn Health

Interested in a position in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child or adolescent health? Every month, the Maternal Health Task Force rounds up job and internship postings from around the globe. This month, we are featuring jobs at The White Ribbon Alliance, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Management Sciences for Health and more!

Categories: Maternal Health

World AIDS Day: 10 Key Papers on HIV/AIDS and Maternal Health

According to data from the Global Burden of Disease Study, in 2015, HIV/AIDS was the leading cause of death among women of reproductive age around the world. While estimates differ depending on the particular global context, a 2013 review concluded that approximately 5% of pregnancy-related deaths worldwide and 25% of pregnancy-related deaths in sub-Saharan Africa are attributable to HIV. To mark World AIDS Day on December 1st, we compiled a list of 10 key papers related to HIV/AIDS and maternal health.

Categories: Maternal Health


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

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.

Categories: Advancing Policy Dialogue on Maternal Health Series


New “Quality of Maternal Health Care” Blog Series: Call for Submissions

The quality of care a woman receives during pregnancy, delivery and postpartum affects her health, the health of her child and the likelihood that she will seek health care in the future. The MHTF is thrilled to announce our new blog series, “Quality of Maternal Health Care”. If you are working on something related to quality of maternal health care, or if you want to share a unique perspective on this topic, please submit your blog post to us.

Categories: Quality of Maternal Health Care


MHTF-PLOS Collection Call for Papers: Non-Communicable Diseases and Maternal Health Around the Globe

MHTF-PLOS Call for Papers

The causes of maternal mortality are complex and often begin well before a woman goes into labor or even becomes pregnant. Improving maternal health outcomes requires a comprehensive understanding of women’s health throughout the life course. Addressing the root causes of poor maternal health is especially important given the current “obstetric transition”: In many parts of the world, we are witnessing an epidemiological shift from mostly direct causes of maternal deaths to more indirect causes. The Maternal Health Task Force and PLOS ONE are delighted to announce the call for papers for the fifth annual MHTF-PLOS Collection: “Non-Communicable Diseases and Maternal Health Around the Globe.”

Categories: Maternal Health

Universal Children’s Day: Integrating Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

In 2015, 5.8 million children around the world died before their fifth birthday. An estimated two million of those deaths were stillbirths and 2.6 million were neonatal deaths. Globally, the leading cause of under-five mortality in 2015 was preterm birth, which is often preventable with timely, high quality care. Pregnancy, childbirth and the immediate postpartum period are critical periods, not just for mothers, but for children as well. To mark Universal Children’s Day, here is the Maternal Health Task Force’s list of top ten key papers and reports related to the integration of maternal, newborn and child health.

Categories: Maternal Health


In Tanzania, Linking Underserved Communities to Care is Saving Women and Babies

Zacharia Mlacha/Jhpiego

In Tanzania, about one-third of the estimated 45,000 annual newborn deaths are due to complications related to prematurity and low birth weight. Teaching women and families about low-cost, highly effective methods for preterm and low-birth weight babies, such as Kangaroo Mother Care, can help end preventable newborn deaths.

Categories: Cross-post Maternal Health