Ms. Mary Kinney

Researcher, School of Public Health

University of the Western Cape

South Africa

Mary Kinney is a health policy and systems researcher focusing on maternal and newborn health issues. She is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Western Cape’s School of Public Health focusing on implementation research for maternal and perinatal death surveillance and response. Ms. Kinney is passionate about using evidence in global and national advocacy efforts and enjoys working with large global teams to translate evidence into policy action. She worked for the Save the Children US’s Saving Newborn Lives program for over a decade and has served on the editorial teams of major global reports, including the Every Newborn Action Plan, The Lancet Ending preventable stillbirth series, The Lancet Every newborn series, and Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report for Preterm Births. Ms. Kinney is an Assistant Editor at the BMC Reproductive Health and serves on multiple global maternal newborn health technical working and oversight groups, including the Global Alliance for Newborn Care, PMNCH Accountability TWG, the Stillbirth Advocacy Working Group, and the MPDSR TWG. She has worked extensively in low- and middle-income countries and is based in South Africa.