At a steering committee meeting of the NICHD Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research are (from l) HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, network scientific director Dr. Linda Wright, NICHD deputy director Dr. Yvonne Maddox and NICHD director Dr. Alan Guttmacher.
“The world’s health is not a zero-sum game,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said to researchers in the NICHD Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research. “What benefits one nation, benefits us all.”
Sebelius spoke at the network’s annual steering committee meeting held recently. Established by NICHD and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the network seeks to prevent maternal and infant deaths and illnesses worldwide. Scientists from developing countries, together with those in the United States, lead teams that identify the health needs of an area and address those needs through randomized clinical trials to test treatments and interventions.
Sebelius commended network researchers on their efforts, which included both a study that found a low-cost drug to treat severe bleeding in women who have just given birth and successful training of health workers to resuscitate newborns.
She urged attendees to communicate their findings to health officials in developing countries and to work with governments to create strong research partnerships. Sebelius also asked the network to take on new challenges, such as finding ways to eliminate indoor air pollution from cooking fires and to combat water-borne diseases.
“There’s no wiser investment we can make than one in mothers and children,” she said.