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 Flag Switzerland

Chief of Health Services, Ministry of Health Malawi

Co-Principal Investigator, NEST360

Malawi Flag Malawi

Steering Committee Members

Senior Director and Senior Scientist, Maternal and Child Health Division

International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research

Bangladesh Flag Bangladesh

Coordinator of the National Multisector Program to Combat Maternal, Newborn & Child Mortality

Ministry of Health

Cameroon Flag Cameroon

Assistant Professor

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom

Global Solutions Lead, Service Delivery

World Bank

United States Flag United States

Maternal and Child Health Director

Ministry of Health

Sudan Flag Sudan

Professor of Population and Family Health

Columbia University

United States Flag United States

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Bayero University

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

Nigeria Flag Nigeria

Executive Director, Center for Catalyzing Change

National Coordinator, White Ribbon Alliance

India Flag India

Researcher, School of Public Health

University of the Western Cape

South Africa Flag South Africa

Director General

Ghana Health Service

Ghana Flag Ghana

Commissioner, Medical Doctor and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Expert

South Africa Flag South Africa

Executive Director

White Ribbon Alliance

Kenya Flag Kenya

Medical Doctor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Kigali (CHUK)

Rwanda Flag Rwanda

Senior Consultant Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Senior MNCH Advisor

Nidan Hospital

Nepal Flag Nepal

Director General of the Center for Vaccine Development

Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene

Mali Flag Mali

Minister of Health

Ministry of Health

Ethiopia Flag Ethiopia