Maternal Health in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Director: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy
May 1, 2011 - September 30, 2011

U.S. officials have spoken of the need to promote the “3 Ds”—defense, diplomacy, and development—in recognition of the fact that success in places like Afghanistan cannot come through military action alone. One area where the United States has committed to helping that country is public health, especially for women and children. A central element of the U.S. strategy is improving maternal health, which is crucial given that Afghanistan has some of the worst maternal mortality statistics in the world. With the generous support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, this project seeks to improve understanding of how the United States and international organizations can promote better maternal health in Afghanistan, and what larger benefits could result from such improvements in terms of defense, diplomacy, and development.

Working Paper on Maternal Health in Afghanistan

Meetings

Roundtable Meeting

Measuring Success and Overcoming Challenges

Speakers:

Mary Ellen Stanton, USAID, Susan Brock, USAID Afghanistan

Presider:

Isobel Coleman, Council on Foreign Relations
June 30, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Roundtable Meeting

The National Midwifery Education Program in Afghanistan: Training Women and Saving Lives

Speaker:

Linda Bartlett, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Presider:

Isobel Coleman, Council on Foreign Relations
June 7, 2011

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Roundtable Meeting

Community-Based Interventions: Improving Maternal Health in Afghanistan

Speaker:

Denise Byrd, Jhpiego

Presider:

Isobel Coleman, Council on Foreign Relations
May 25, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

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