Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health Joins Multi-Country Research Project to Improve Maternal and Newborn Health in Conflict-Affected Countries

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September 20, 2021

The Center for Humanitarian Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is pleased to announce its collaboration in a new multi-country research consortium that aims to improve maternal and newborn health in conflict-affected countries. EQUAL—Ensuring Quality Access and Learning for Mothers and Newborns in Conflict-Affected Contexts—will be led by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) alongside the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria, the Center for Humanitarian Health based in the Bloomberg School’s Department of International Health, the Somali Research and Development Institute, the Sudd Institute (South Sudan), and Université Catholique de Bukavu (Democratic Republic of Congo).

With funding provided by UK Aid from the UK government, the $11.3 million contract is one of the largest research investments to date on the topic in humanitarian contexts and will work to identify and fill evidence gaps that could ultimately improve policies, programming, and outcomes for mothers and newborns. The project will focus its research around the day of birth and the first week of life—the timeframe with the highest number of maternal and newborn deaths globally. In 2019 alone, 2.4 million babies died in the first month of life, 75% of which occurred in the first week. 


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