Our Leadership

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.

Steering Committee Co-Chairs

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

World Health Organization

Switzerland

Chief of Health Services, Ministry of Health Malawi

Co-Principal Investigator, NEST360

Malawi

Steering Committee Members

Senior Director and Senior Scientist, Maternal and Child Health Division

International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research

Bangladesh

Advisory Board Member

Afghan Midwives Association

Afghanistan

In Memoriam

Cameroon

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

Sudan

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

Nigeria

Executive Director, Center for Catalyzing Change

National Coordinator, White Ribbon Alliance

India

Researcher, School of Public Health

University of the Western Cape

South Africa

Director General

Ghana Health Service

Ghana

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

Kenya

Medical Doctor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Kigali (CHUK)

Rwanda

Senior Consultant Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Senior MNCH Advisor

Nidan Hospital

Nepal

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

Mali Ministry of Health and Social Development

Mali

Minister of Health

Ministry of Health

Ethiopia