Maternal Health Visionary Spotlight:  Theresa Shaver, White Ribbon Alliance founder, reminds us to stay bold together to end Maternal and Neonatal Mortality

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By: Staff, Maternal Health Task Force

Global Leaders in Maternal Newborn Health: Maria Fernandez Elorriaga (Mexico)

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By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Safe Mothers and Newborns Leadership Workshop participant Maria Fernandez Elorriaga is the principal investigator and technical coordinator of a study investigating the use of the World Health Organization Safe Childbirth Checklist to improve the quality of institutional delivery in Mexico. Maria is also co-investigator on two more studies of implementation science in maternal and perinatal care. In addition, Maria has worked as a primary and community care nurse in Spain, as a regional nutrition coordinator in Malawi and as child health and nutrition coordinator in the Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria. Maria discusses challenges in maternal newborn health in Mexico and effective leadership…read more

Global Leaders in Maternal and Newborn Health: Patrick Mwesigye (Uganda)

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By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

SMNLW participant Patrick Mwesigye is from Kampala, Uganda. He is the Founder/CEO of the Uganda Youth and Adolescents Health Forum, a community-based organization that aims to empower young women and support youth engagement. He is also the Vice President of the Africa Youth and Adolescents Network on Population and Development and the Chair of the PMNCH advisory group for the adolescent health knowledge summary…read more

Global Leaders in Maternal and Newborn Health: Dr. Hemant Shah (India)

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By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Safe Mothers and Newborns Leadership Workshop participant Dr. Hemant Shah is Chief of Party, Technical Support Unit for CARE. He previously worked as the Director of the State reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, adolescent unit in Bihar as well as a maternal health expert in the Integrated Family Health Initiative project. Dr. Shah discusses challenges in maternal newborn health in Bihar as well as how quality leadership can help us achieve the Sustainable Development Goals…read more