Improving Global Health Through Better Maternal Environments


The environment of the mother and her developing baby during and surrounding pregnancy is a critical determinant shaping human life and health. Yet many mothers-to-be experience toxic exposures in their physical and social environments — such as air pollution, stress, under-employment, and lack of support and services, as well as racism and gender and class-based discrimination. Interventions aimed at improving women’s environments during this critical period can therefore have significant, long-lasting impacts. And with hundreds of women dying in pregnancy and childbirth every day, action is urgent. 

To help address this issue, Delos contributed to a white paper, Improving Global Health Through Better Maternal Environments, which summarizes the need and outlines a long-term vision for improving maternal and child health globally. 

Authors, convened by the Humanity 2.0 Lab, include experts from Square Roots, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and Commonsense Childbirth.