AlignMNH is a global initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development. The initiative was founded in 2020 to accelerate progress in improving maternal and newborn health outcomes and prevent stillbirths around the globe. AlignMNH is supported by a Secretariat, 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.

Our Steering Committee

AlignMNH is guided by an International Steering Committee of 19 global thought leaders. The Members have direct, practical, and in-depth country experience, and represent countries and communities from Ethiopia to Nepal, from Cameroon to South Africa.

The review process for new AlignMNH Steering Committee Members to join the 2023-2025 Cohort has officially concluded.  Successful applicants have been notified and will be announced following the IMNHC 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa. The application process for the AlignMNH Steering Committee was incredibly competitive with close to 400 applications received from MNH Leaders around the world. The AlignMNH Secretariat is grateful for the incredible interest in joining this initiative and looks forward to engaging with interested applicants through other channels and working groups. Please stay tuned for other opportunities to contribute to the work of AlignMNH. 

Steering Committee Co-Chairs

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

World Health Organization


Chief of Health Services, Ministry of Health Malawi

Co-Principal Investigator, NEST360


Steering Committee Members

Senior Director and Senior Scientist, Maternal and Child Health Division

International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research


Advisory Board Member

Afghan Midwives Association


In Memoriam


Assistant Professor

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

United Kingdom

Global Solutions Lead, Service Delivery

World Bank

United States

Maternal and Child Health Director

Ministry of Health


Professor of Population and Family Health

Columbia University

United States

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Bayero University

Founding Director of African Centre of Excellence in Population Health and Policy


Executive Director, Center for Catalyzing Change

National Coordinator, White Ribbon Alliance


Researcher, School of Public Health

University of the Western Cape

South Africa

Director General

Ghana Health Service


Chief Director of Women’s, Maternal and Reproductive Health

National Department of Health

South Africa

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

Executive Director

White Ribbon Alliance


Medical Doctor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Kigali (CHUK)


Senior Consultant Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Senior MNCH Advisor

Nidan Hospital


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

Mali Ministry of Health and Social Development


Minister of Health

Ministry of Health