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MHTF Quarterly, Issue 2: Maternal Health and HIV

Published every three months, the MHTF Quarterly shares resources, research, and news within key areas of maternal health. Our second issue focuses on maternal health and HIV.

In recent years, the world has seen significant reductions in maternal mortality. However, much work remains to be done in order to make preventable maternal deaths an issue of the past. To achieve this goal, the global health and development communities must focus their efforts on the leading causes of maternal death around the world.
According to a recent study (pdf), pregnant women living with HIV are eight times more likely to die than women without HIV. Additionally, approximately a quarter of deaths during pregnancy and the post-partum period in sub-Saharan Africa are attributable to HIV. Women and girls are increasingly and disproportionately affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and now comprise over half of those living with HIV. The burden of HIV and AIDS among women of reproductive age in sub-Saharan Africa is a critical factor limiting progress towards the elimination of preventable maternal mortality.  
As the global community discusses bold visions for new targets to reduce maternal mortality, the HIV and maternal health communities are coming together to share knowledge and build a path to improved, women-centered, evidence-based policies and programming.
In this edition of the MHTF Quarterly, we share several resources for learning more about this critical issue. Many of the resources are outputs of recent collaborations between the maternal health and HIV communities.

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Featured Resources

  • Technical Summary: Maternal Mortality and HIV
    This resource, developed by the MHTF and CDC, calls for researchers, policymakers and healthcare providers to redouble efforts to address the intersections between HIV and poor maternal health outcomes and provides needed evidence for moving forward. Key research priorities, established at the recent Maternal Health, HIV and AIDS technical meeting, are outlined.
    Download Technical Summary: Maternal Mortality and HIV (pdf).
  Learn more about these resources.

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Recent publications

In the media Recent scientific publications Browse more recent publications.

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View more videos from the Maternal Health, HIV and AIDS technical meeting.

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Browse more technical resources.

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Visit the MHTF’s Maternal Health, HIV and AIDS blog series to learn about recent trends, perspectives, and lessons-learned from colleagues working around the world to address the critical connections between maternal health, HIV and AIDS. Join the conversation and share a guest blog post about your work on this issue. Contact Kate Mitchell for more information on contributing to the MHTF Blog.

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More from the MHTF

Stay up-to-date with the latest news about maternal health and HIV. Follow this list of expert tweeters on the topic of maternal health and HIV, curated by the MHTF.

The MHTF Maternal Health, HIV, and AIDS Topic Page
Visit the MHTF’s regularly updated topic page on Maternal Health, HIV, and AIDS to explore additional resources, recent publications, videos, blog posts, and links to organizations working on the issue.

Maternal Health Dialogue
Earlier this month, as part of the Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health series—a partnership between the MHTF, the Woodrow Wilson Center and UNFPA—the MHTF participated in a policy dialogue focused on maternal health and HIV. The event consisted of two panels: The first panel focused on the new research and evaluation agenda for maternal health and HIV while the second panel focused on the connections between HIV anti-stigma efforts and programs aimed at preventing disrespect and abuse during childbirth. Learn more about this event here, including video and related documents.

Convening critical voices
In June 2013, the MHTF collaborated with USAID and the CDC to convene a technical meeting, Maternal Health, HIV and AIDS: Examining Research through a Programmatic Lens, in Boston, Massachusetts. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss emerging research linking maternal health and HIV, identify research gaps, and consider programmatic implications, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa.
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Contact us! 

The MHTF is always looking for new resources, research, perspectives and news on this important issue. The MHTF welcomes your feedback and any resources you’d like to share! Please contact Kate Mitchell with comments, suggestions and questions.

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