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AlignMNH is a global initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with the US Agency for International Development. The initiative was founded in 2020 to accelerate progress in improving maternal and newborn health (MNH) outcomes and prevent stillbirths around the globe. AlignMNH is supported by a Secretariat that is managed by Jhpiego, an international NGO focused on transformative health care solutions that save lives.

AlignMNH works in partnership with global and country-based organizations, national-level technical working groups, and other MNH-focused initiatives to more rapidly share science, evidence, and programmatic experience across the maternal and newborn health communities.


  • AlignMNH International Steering Committee
  • IMNHC Core Organizing Committee
  • IMNHC Communications and Technical Advocacy Committee

AlignMNH is guided by an International Steering Committee of 20 global thought leaders. The members have direct, practical, and in-depth country experience; represent countries and communities from Ethiopia to Nepal to South Africa; and provide overall strategic management and oversight to the International Maternal Newborn Health Conference (IMNHC) 2023, as well as to the overall initiative.

Co-Chairs

Co-Chairs

Dr. Anshu Banerjee

Director, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Aging

World Health Organization

Switzerland

Dr. Queen Dube

Chief of Health Services

Ministry of Health Malawi

Malawi

Committee Members

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Dr. Shams El Arifeen

Senior Director and Senior Scientist, Maternal and Child Health Division

International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research

Bangladesh

Dr. Martina Lukong Baye

In Memoriam

Cameroon

Dr. Hannah Blencowe

Assistant Professor

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

United Kingdom

Dr. Mickey Chopra

Global Solutions Lead, Service Delivery

World Bank

United States

Dr. Dalya Eltayeb

Maternal and Child Health Director

Ministry of Health

Sudan

Prof. Lynn Freedman

Professor of Population and Family Health

Columbia University

United States

Prof. Hadiza Galadanci

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Founding Director of African Centre of Excellence in Population Health and Policy

Bayero University

Nigeria

Dr. Aparajita Gogoi

Executive Director, Center for Catalyzing Change; National Coordinator

White Ribbon Alliance

India

Ms. Mary Kinney

Researcher, School of Public Health

University of the Western Cape

South Africa

Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye

Director General

Ghana Health Service

Ghana

Dr. Manala Makua

Chief Director of Women’s, Maternal and Reproductive Health

National Department of Health

South Africa

Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng

UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, SRHR Expert and Distinguished Lecturer

O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

South Africa

Ms. Angela Nguku

Executive Director

White Ribbon Alliance

Kenya

Dr. David Ntirushwa

Medical Doctor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Kigali (CHUK)

Rwanda

Dr. Swaraj Rajbhandari

Senior Consultant Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Senior MNCH Advisor

Nidan Hospital

Nepal

Dr. Samba Sow

Director General for INSP, Director General of Center for Vaccine Development Mali

Mali Ministry of Health and Social Development

Mali

Dr. Lia Tadesse Gebremedhin

Minister of Health

Ministry of Health

Ethiopia

Ms. Pashtoon Azfar Zyaee

Advisory Board Member

Afghan Midwives Association

Afghanistan

AlignMNH is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

 

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