2008-13. The Maternal Health Task Force was established at EngenderHealth through a $10m grant from the Gates Foundation with start-up support from the MacArthur Foundation. My role with the MHTF was multi-faceted, starting with a consultancy to turn the approved proposal into a project, continuing as the deputy director and eventually the acting director, until the project moved to the Harvard School of Public Health with its renewal grant of $15m from Gates and sustaining support from MacArthur. Some highlights from my time at the MHTF:
- conceiving and implementing the Young Champions of Maternal Health program, the first-ever professional fellowship dedicated to maternal health
- designing and facilitating the Advancing Maternal Health Dialogues in collaboration with UNFPA and hosted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center
- overseeing the MHTF knowledge management system, the ‘one-stop shop for all things maternal health’
- organizing and facilitating the first two Global Maternal Health Conferences: Delhi in 2010, Arusha in 2013
For more about the MHTF, visit www.maternalhealthtaskforce.org.