Maternal Health Task Force

MHTF Projects

Access to Evidence and Information

  • Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health Series

    The Maternal Health Task Force works closely with the United Nations Population Fund and the Wilson Center Maternal Health Initiative to bring together the world’s leading maternal and newborn health policymakers, researchers and practitioners to discuss the most pressing issues in the global maternal and newborn health field.
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  • BetterCareTogether

    BetterCareTogether was a social networking platform for maternal and newborn healthcare professionals to connect, share and discuss evidence-based resources.
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  • Disparities in U.S. Maternal Health

    With generous support from Merck for Mothers, the Maternal Health Task Force undertook a project in 2015 to raise awareness about the disparities in U.S. maternal health in the global context and to centralize knowledge related to maternal mortality in the U.S.
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  • Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality

    The Maternal Health Task Force is playing an integral role in advancing the global goals and strategies for Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM) by driving the efforts of the EPMM Working Group and leading the technical work to develop a comprehensive monitoring framework.
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  • INTERGROWTH-21st

    The INTERGROWTH-21st project, coordinated by the University of Oxford’s Maternal and Perinatal Health Institute (OMPHI), provided clinicians and researchers with globally standardized growth charts to accurately measure fetal and newborn growth.
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  • Knowledge Management System

    Accessing the latest evidence on maternal newborn health can be challenging for many professionals around the world due to barriers such as expensive journal subscription fees, unreliable internet access and difficulty staying up-to-date with so many different publications. The MHTF aims to address these barriers through its knowledge management system.
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  • MHTF-PLOS Collection on Maternal Health

    In order to increase global access to comprehensive information on maternal health, the MHTF collaborates with the Public Library of Science (PLOS) annually to curate freely available, open access collections of research on maternal health with a focus on low-income countries.
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Education, Training and Mentorship

  • Maternal Health Young Professionals Program

    Recognizing the value of mentoring, the Maternal Health Task Force partnered with St. John’s Medical College and Research Institute to create the Maternal Health Young Professionals (MHYP) program, a year-long mentoring program for health professionals throughout India.
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  • Safe Mothers and Newborns Leadership Workshop

    The Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF), with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has teamed up with The Aga Khan University in Kenya and the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) in Spain to host an annual week-long workshop called the Safe Mothers and Newborns Leadership Workshop.
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  • Young Champions of Maternal Health

    The Young Champions of Maternal Health program, started in 2009 by the Maternal Health Task Force in partnership with Ashoka and the Institute of International Education, was the first-ever international fellowship to focus specifically on supporting a new generation of global leaders dedicated to improving maternal health.
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Research