A Long & Uncertain Journey: Pregnancy in Sub-Saharan Africa

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A Long & Uncertain Journey: Pregnancy in Sub-Saharan Africa

For millions of women, pregnancy is a time of uncertainty, not celebration. While women in high-income countries may attend baby showers and gender reveal parties, too many women in low-income settings embark on a long and often uncertain journey through pregnancy. Public health clinics in many parts of rural sub-Saharan Africa lack adequate staff, medical technology, and sanitation resources. In these settings, even the best providers are not able to give expectant and new mothers the care they need to thrive and survive. With minimal financial resources and little access to transportation, rural women often forego formal maternity care. Other problems include infectious disease, becoming pregnant at a very young age, abuse, sex trafficking, and war. Join us for a conversation on maternal health in sub-Saharan Africa and hear what Dr. Wallis and her team are doing to combat maternal death and boost infant health. 

ABOUT Anne Baber Wallis

Anne Baber Wallis, PhD '03, MHS '97, is a graduate of the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is presently an Associate Professor and Director of the MPH Program in Global Maternal and Child Health in the Department of Epidemiology & Population Health at the University of Louisville (KY). Her research focuses on global and US maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. As an undergraduate, Dr. Wallis studied history, literature, and politics. Her love of stories and places led her to medieval history at the University of Virginia, and set her on a surprising and connected journey to understand global reproductive and perinatal health at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Wallis is an avid equestrian, violist, dog owner, and mom.

 Event Date
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Start Time: 4:00pm BST
End Time: 4:30pm BST

Ms. Elizabeth Rigsbee

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Registration for this event is now closed. A recording will be available on our alumni website featuring recordings of previous Spotlight Series events.  If you have any questions please email Elizabeth Rigsbee at erigsbee@jhu.edu