Population & Reproductive Health

The Foundation’s population and reproductive health grantmaking has two goals: to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity; and to advance young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Geographic priorities are India, Mexico, and Nigeria. Read our strategy

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Preventing Maternal Mortality

To learn more about the MacArthur Foundation's support of efforts to comply with the UN's Millennium Development Goals and reduce maternal mortality worldwide, visit http://www.macfound.org/population.

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Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the UN Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton details how U.S. foundations can serve as important partners to the United Nations in achieving the latter's Millenium Development Goals. Read More

MacArthur's Judith Helzner Relates Efforts to Reduce Maternal Mortality

MacArthur Director of Population and Reproductive Health Judith Helzner’s article outlines low-tech, low-cost interventions to protect mothers during childbirth such as the anti-shock garment. Read More
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Pankaj Shah, SEWA Rural

Pankaj Shah, SEWA Rural, 2007 recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions.

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MacArthur's Kole Shettima Describes Ways to Fight Maternal Mortality

In an opinion-editorial in the Nigerian Guardian, MacArthur's Africa Office Director Kole Shettima outlines how the country can greatly reduce the number of women who die during or after childbirth. Read More

“MacArthur and Millennium Development Goal #5,” Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at a UN Dinner Hosted by General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim at the University Club

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton details the Foundation's support of efforts to reduce maternal mortality and urges other foundations to also work to address the United Nation's Millenium Development Goals. Read More

Mexico Approves More Public Funding for Gender Equity

Based on information provided by a coalition of 12 MacArthur Population and Reproductive Health grantees, the Mexican House of Representatives increased the amount of public funds earmarked for programs that benefit gender equity by 1.5 ... Read More

Letter to the Editor by Jonathan Fanton: Help For Safer Pregnancies, Deliveries

In a letter to the Chicago Tribune's editor, MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton describes MacArthur's efforts to reduce maternal mortality in India and Nigeria. Read More

MacArthur Invests $11 Million to Reduce Maternal Deaths in India and Nigeria

MacArthur will invest $11 million to reduce significantly maternal deaths due to postpartum hemorrhage in India and Nigeria, Foundation President Jonathan Fanton announced today at the Women Deliver conference. Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the Press Event Announcing $11 Million to Reduce Maternal Mortality

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton announces the grant to support Pathfinder International's efforts to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity due to postpartum hemorrhage in India and Nigeria. Read More

Staff

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Barry Lowenkron

Vice President, International Programs
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Moutushi Sengupta

Director, India Office
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Sharon Bissell Sotelo

Director, Mexico
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Dipa Nag Chowdhury

Deputy Director, India Office
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Kole A. Shettima

Director, Africa Office

Erin Sines

Acting Director, Population & Reproductive Health

Oladayo (Dayo) Olaide

Deputy Director, Nigeria Office
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Liliane Loya

Program Officer, Mexico
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Helen Harrison

Executive Secretary

Judith F. Helzner

Special Advisor to the President and Vice President
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Gabriela Suarez

Program Administrator
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Laura Young

Program Associate