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Harvard School of Public Health awarded $12 million grant to improve global maternal health
Date:9/7/2011

Boston, MA -- A new three-year, $12 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will support a Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) effort to significantly improve maternal health in developing countries. The project will be led by Ana Langer, professor of the practice of public health and coordinator of the Dean's Special Initiative on Women and Health at HSPH.

Under the grant, HSPH will host the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF)an initiative bringing together major global and country-level maternal health organizations to improve maternal health in developing countries by leading, coordinating, and promoting innovative and effective knowledge management, technical exchanges and consensus building activities; strengthening countries' health care capacity through mentoring and training; and supporting strategic research on critical issues.

The MHTF was established in 2008 by EngenderHealth, a leading global reproductive health organization working to improve the quality of family planning, maternal health, and HIV programs in more than 20 countries. During the past three years, the MHTF at EngenderHealth has created connections among existing maternal health initiatives and engaged global and national organizations to pinpoint problems facing the maternal health community and identify solutions. It has also disseminated scientific information to maternal health professionals all over the world; created opportunities for colleagues and groups in developing countries to lead and participate as equal partners in technical exchanges and agenda-setting processes; mentored young leaders in the maternal health field; and identified and supported innovation in maternal health worldwide.

Building on this strong foundation, HSPH will lead the next phase of the Task Force, continuing key program activities as well as undertaking new initiatives, including major research on maternal health and related fields. HSPH will assume hosti
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Contact: Todd Datz
tdatz@hsph.harvard.edu
617-432-8413
Harvard School of Public Health
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