Who We Are

The Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research (Global Network) is a partnership dedicated to improving maternal and child health outcomes and building health research capacity in resource-poor settings by testing cost-effective, sustainable interventions that provide guidance for the practice of evidence-based medicine. This unique collaboration includes 8 multidisciplinary research sites and a Data Coordinating Center. Scientific oversight for the Global Network comes from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, which is part of the National Institutes of Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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What We Do

To improve maternal and child survival, the Global Network research focuses on high-need areas, such as preventing life-threatening obstetric complications, modifying childbirth practices, improving infant birth weight and nutrition, and reducing prematurity and complications from preterm delivery in rural and peri-urban communities. Scientists from developing countries, together with peers in the United States, lead teams that address priority research needs through randomized clinical trials and implementation research conducted in low-resource areas.

Where We Work



Democratic Republic of Congo: Kinshasa School of Public Health
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Lusaka, Zambia: University Teaching Hospital
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Eldoret, Kenya: Moi University
Indiana University
Belagavi, India: Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College
Thomas Jefferson University
Nagpur, India: Lata Medical Research Foundation
Boston University
Karachi, Pakistan: The Aga Khan University
Columbia University
Guatemala City, Guatemala: Instituto de Nutrición de Centro América y Panamá
University of Colorado Denver
Dhaka, Bangladesh: International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B)
University of Virginia
RTI International


Effect of a novel vital sign device on maternal mortality and morbidity in low-resource settings Attachment

February 15, 2019:

An article of interest on a trial that tested the introduction of Microlife VSA blood pressure monitoring device.


Inexpensive supplement for women increases infant birth size Link

February 11, 2019:

Findings from NIH-funded study could combat undernutrition in poor areas of the world. 


Omron's smartwatch blood pressure monitor cleared by FDA, launches in January

January 02, 2019: The HeartGuide watch uses a flexible synthetic band to inflate and maintain its shape to comfortably take an oscillometric wrist blood pressure the fly. Read more at:


Akatsi: There Were No Maternal Deaths In 2017

February 22, 2018: The Akatsi South District Hospital in the Volta region recorded zero maternal and neonatal /infant deaths respectively during the 2016- 2017 health care year, despite operating under deprived infrastructural Authorities attributed the feat to the selflessness, dedication and commitment on the part of both management and staff of the facility. The success story is captured in the hospital's performance chart which the medical director presented during this year's Annual Performance Review ( APR ) of the Akatsi South District Health Directorate. Read more at:


Recent Publications

Malpresentation in low- and middle-income countries: associations with perinatal and maternal outcomes in the Global Network Link

February 08, 2019:

Duffy CR, Moore JL, Saleem S, Tshefu A, Bose CL, Chomba E, Carlo WA, Garces AL, Krebs NF, Hambidge KM, Goudar SS, Derman RJ, Patel A, Hibberd PL, Esamai Liechty EA, Wallace DD, McClure EM, Goldenberg RL; NICHD Global Network for Women's and Children's Health Research. Read More »


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