Collaborations across academic, governmental, nonprofit, and philanthropic communities are key to transforming the current realities faced by women around the world. As efforts are redoubled to meet the ambitious UN Millennium Development Goals and translate the pledges of governments, donors and multilateral agencies into effective action, now is the perfect time to join arms with other global efforts. The Women and Health Initiative is in the process of establishing partnerships both within and outside of Harvard University with people and programs whose focus and activities center on women and health.

A detailed agenda for the W&HI is being developed in close collaboration with colleagues in the Harvard University community. The Women and Health agenda will also be developed through broad-based expert consultation to establish a “Special Commission on Women and Health” co-sponsored by The Lancet and the Harvard School of Public Health. Outstanding academics from Harvard and other universities from around the world will be recruited to contribute their knowledge and ideas on this critical agenda, and help the Initiative to develop a roadmap for research, education, and the translation of knowledge into action.


Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

The Harvard Global Equity Initiative: Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries

Harvard School of Public Health, Maternal and Child Health/Children, Youth, and Families Interdisciplinary Program

Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology (Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital)

Women REACH Initiative (WRI)


GAPPS (Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth) initiative at Seattle Children’s

Global Voices for Maternal Health at the Oxford Maternal and Perinatal Health Institute

Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

Partners in Health