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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

New Comprehensive Web Site Dedicated to Maternal Health

NEW YORK, NY—November 30, 2009—Today marks the launch of the Maternal Health Task Force’s new web site, which brings together experts, activists, policy makers, students, and others in one virtual place to move the maternal health agenda forward. The site will be the leading online platform for those committed to improving maternal health, offering individuals and organizations from around the world a place to discover resources, to collaborate with others, and to discuss successful strategies.

Featuring the first search engine solely focused on maternal health data and information, the web site has an ever-growing library of more than 1,300 journal articles, research and program reports, conference presentations, toolkits, and other materials. One of three interactive maps illustrates maternal health work being carried out by organizations around the world; this feature currently highlights organizations in six countries and is expected to map many more.

On the Partner Channel, organizations can post updates on their maternal health projects, and visitors can learn more about what these organizations are doing. Visitors can also use the Partner Channel to engage with experts from allied fields like HIV and human rights. The Collaborate section includes an interactive calendar highlighting more than 300 upcoming events in 2009 and 2010.

The web site is highly interactive; visitors can join live chat sessions, participate in and hold discussions on the e-Forum page, add their expertise to the Wiki page, and take part in online polls on key issues. There is also a video blog where visitors can comment on, rate, and discuss videos related to maternal health. Thus far, the Maternal Health Task Force has 500 members, and many of our partners and members are already engaged in dialogue and contributing content.

Explore the web site and become a member by registering at For more information, please contact Raji Mohanam at 212-561-8522 or

About the Maternal Health Task Force
The Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth contributes to shaping collective efforts to improve maternal health worldwide. Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and initiated in late 2008, the Task Force serves as a catalyst to address one of the most neglected areas in global health. Recognizing that real progress requires better coordination and increased global attention, the Maternal Health Task Force brings together existing maternal health expertise and engages new organizations to facilitate global coordination of maternal health programs around three thematic areas: research and evidence, programs and evaluation, and advocacy and policy.

About EngenderHealth
EngenderHealth is a leading international reproductive health organization working to improve the quality of health care in the world’s poorest communities. EngenderHealth empowers people to make informed choices about contraception, trains health providers to make motherhood safer, promotes gender equity, enhances the quality of HIV and AIDS services, and advocates for positive policy change. The nonprofit organization works in partnership with governments, institutions, communities, and health care professionals in more than 20 countries around the world. For more than 65 years, EngenderHealth has reached more than 100 million people to help them realize a better life. For more information, visit

(From EngenderHealth's press release.)

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