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

Global Leaders in Maternal and Newborn Health: Dr. Joannie Bewa (Benin)

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

Safe Mothers and Newborns Leadership Workshop participant Dr. Joannie Bewa is an obstetrician/gynecologist from Benin and Founder of the Young Beninese Leaders Association. She is also a fellow of the US Government International Visitor Leadership Program and Secretary Clinton’s Women in Public Service Project as well as a semi-finalist of the “UN Special Envoy Youth of Courage Award.” Dr. Bewa was recognized for championing the advancement of sexual and reproductive health at Women Deliver 2015 and was featured on Melinda Gates’ list of six influential women on the topic of global access to contraception…read more

Global Leaders in Maternal and Newborn Health: Dr. Emmanuel Ugwa (Nigeria)

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

SMNLW Participant Dr. Emmanuel Ugwa is from Nigeria where he has served as a Consultant Obstetrician/Gynecologist at several hospitals. He is a principal investigator on USAID and Gates-funded research projects in Nigeria. Additionally, Dr. Ugwa sits on review committees and editorial boards for multiple scientific journals and has published numerous research articles himself…read more