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. 

Credit: Paromita Chatterjee

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. 

Credit: Paromita Chatterjee

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. 

Director's Message

Dr. Anita Shet, Director of MCHI

Improving the Health of Women and Children in India

The disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to primary health services and immunization programs have deeply affected the most vulnerable groups, especially women, adolescent girls, and children. In response, Dr. Anita Shet, the Director of the Johns Hopkins Maternal and Child Health Center India, shared a powerful message about the potential for innovative partnerships and public health to improve the health of women and children in India.

Our Work

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

Download the Maternal and Child Health Center India Annual Report 2020

The MCHI works alongside the Johns Hopkins India Institute, who formed a COVID-19 Task Force to raise awareness, respond to current needs, and coordinate activities, services, and opportunities to address the COVID-19 pandemic in India. Learn more about our response and relief activities.

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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.