Our Mission

Our mission is to make scientific discoveries, cultivate leaders, and bridge disciplines to advance the tightly connected health and well-being 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, providing the expertise from the University of Washington Departments of Global Health, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics and Gynecology required to approach maternal child health from a lifecycle perspective.

Global WACh was created in 2012 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 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.

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