The Hansen Project on Maternal and Child Health derives from a vision for advancing women’s empowerment, improving access to quality health care, eradicating preventable maternal mortality, and preventing deaths of children whose mothers died during pregnancy or childbirth in sub-Saharan Africa. Supported by Katie Vogelheim and John Hansen, it will create a coordinated framework for addressing key factors that threaten the lives and livelihoods of women and families across eastern and central Africa, with particular focus on Ethiopia and Tanzania.
The Women and Health Initiative is leading programmatic efforts in Ethiopia and Tanzania to prevent maternal deaths by improving the quality of health care; mitigate the impact of mothers’ death on their children by strengthening specific components of ongoing health programs; and train policy makers and program managers from the region to increase their capacity to implement effective maternal and child health initiatives in their countries.
Simultaneously, the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights is leading a research agenda that combines the analysis of large data bases to establish the impact of maternal deaths on children’s health and survival, and a set of in-depth qualitative studies to understand the factors and processes that lead to children’s deaths and other dire effects of maternal mortality on families. New evidence will provide the basis for far-reaching global and country-level policy and advocacy and will inform the programmatic efforts of the W&HI in Ethiopia and Tanzania.