Our mission is to improve global health by cultivating excellence in research, education, and leadership focused on the lifecycle of women, adolescents, and children.
We envision a world in which communities recognize the value of women, children and youth by assuring them access to quality health services and the educational, social and economic opportunities necessary to achieve health and well-being.
Global WACh is a cooperative effort and as such provides the expertise from the UW Departments of Global Health, Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology that is required to approach maternal child health from a lifecycle perspective. Global WACh was created to break down the traditional silos between departments and capitalize on the benefits created when multiple disciplines approach a topic with the same end goal in mind. Maternal health expertise from the Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology, neonatal and child health expertise from the Department of Pediatrics, and vast experience working in infectious disease, health metrics and evaluation, education, clinical research, and service delivery within the Department of Global Health all combine to create a methodology that views women, children, and adolescents not as three independent populations but as interconnected.