Maternal and Child Health Center India

Child health has improved tremendously in recent decades. India's national under-5 mortality rate declined from 111 per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 39 per 1,000 lives births in 2018. India continues her steady march towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals related to maternal and child mortality. 

In early 2020, The International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health launched a new partnership with several Indian institutions with support from the Pradip and Kumkum Ghosh Family Foundation. The Johns Hopkins Maternal and Child Health Center was established to improve public health capacity in maternal and child health in West Bengal and in India. 

The new center focuses on enhancing women’s health, saving newborn lives, ensuring quality care, addressing vaccine-preventable diseases, meeting the needs of children who live in urban and rural areas that are marginalized and hard to reach, and strengthening public health capacity in India.

The program’s priority areas for research, courses, and additional learning opportunities will be identified through consultation with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of West Bengal, and key partners and stakeholders in West Bengal and India. 

Our Work

The MCHI Center conducts multiple projects that you may view here.

Free Online Courses

  1. Disease Costing in Low- and Middle-Income Countries, December 7-18, 2020: Learn to effectively frame and communicate economic evidence for policymaking. Course consists of a combination of recorded lectures, hands-on exercise, and group work to understand and estimate cost-of-illness. Register here
  2. The COVID-19 Response in India: Impact on Women and Children's Health and Wellbeing, December 1, 2020- January 31, 2021: Examine the COVID-19 response in India focusing on the impact of both direct and indirect effects of the pandemic across the country. Learn directly from the voice of public health experts of the national and grassroots level in India. Register here

Meet Our People

Our Vision

A world in which every mother and child in India experiences optimal health and well-being, so that every family benefits, now and for future generations

Our Mission

To accelerate research in maternal and child health, reduce gaps in knowledge translation through capacity strengthening, and measure the impact of public health interventions that will reduce disparities and improve the lives of mothers and children in India

Core Values

The MCHI’s core values are guided by our commitment to achieve health equity and conduct our work in an ethical manner.

Commitment to excellence

We strive to develop talent and utilize technology, increase knowledge, and focus on work quality to improve health, through innovation, teamwork and pragmatism.


We operate in a spirit of equitable collaboration and inclusiveness by facilitating learning and research opportunities within India and internationally through equitable partnerships and utilization of community-based research methods and engagement.


We monitor, evaluate and refine our programs on an ongoing basis to ensure appropriate progress to achieve our mission.

Integrity and Ethics

We assure ethical and transparent operating procedures incorporating fiscal responsibility and accountability in all our activities; and we utilize research and teaching methods with the highest level of integrity.


We remain responsive to regional and community needs, with strong emphasis for development for future growth.


We seek approaches that promote sustainable solutions to maternal, newborn and child health problems.