London, April 8-9, 2015

Members of the GAIA Project Coordination Team participated in an investigators’ meeting conducted by the Alliance for Maternal and Newborn Health Improvement (AMANHI) in London on April 8-9, 2015. During the meeting, details of the GAIA project were shared with the participants and some areas of collaboration were identified. As a result, the Brighton Foundation (leader of the GAIA project) is currently working to extend the work at several of the AMANHI sites (in addition to a few additional sites outside the AMANHI network).  These sites will continue to enroll and monitor pregnant woman and any adverse pregnancy events.

The AMANHI is an initiative launched in 2010 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, the UK’s Department of International Development (DFID) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), as a unique partnership to accelerate progress in achieving MDGs 4 and 5 which focus on improving reproductive, maternal and child health outcomes. The AMANHI multi-centre study aims to harmonize several large ongoing newborn health research studies in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The stides focus on maternal morbidity and mortality, stillbirths and neonatal deaths, including the associations of maternal morbidity and related care seeking with maternal, fetal and neonatal outcomes. The partnership seeks to promote cost-effective use of resources, leverage resources to fill funding gaps, reduce duplication, and encourage the sharing of best practices among partners. Alliance partners work together at headquarters’ level and in ten, high-need countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. The World Health Organization (WHO), one of the partners of the GAIA project, also funds the initiative.