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HMS Mission

The Helping Mothers Survive (HMS) Secretariat aims to improve the health of women and families during birth. We develop and offer technical support to help implement the HMS training program that uses innovative training strategies for health care providers to strengthen health systems.

HMS Vision

HMS envisions a world in which all women, newborns, and their families are treated with respect and receive safe and satisfying services. Their providers are well prepared and supported to offer high-quality care.

HMS Values

At our core, we value learning, innovation, sustainability, and evidence-based practice.

I have benefitted greatly from this workshop and I am very grateful I attended. Fatima Ahmed Nasr Yousif, village midwife, Rufaa, Al Gazira State, Sudan

HMS Staff

Cherrie Evans
Cherrie Evans

Cherrie Evans

Cherrie Evans is a Senior MNH Advisor and the Director of Helping Mothers Survive at Jhpiego and has her doctorate in public health from Boston University. Dr. Evans has practiced as a midwife in the US in a variety of settings including pre-service midwifery and medical schools. Her main focus has been developing strategies to build capacity of providers to promote maternal survival in developing countries and evaluating the efficacy of these approaches. Most recently, her work includes the field validation of the Helping Mothers Survive Pre-Eclampsia and Eclampsia training package and a performance and outcomes evaluation of Helping Mothers Survive Bleeding after Birth and Helping Babies Breathe facility-based training. Dr. Evans provides technical leadership in maternal health for Jhpiego’s country programs and for the Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design.

Robyn Wade

Robyn Wade is a Senior Technical Coordinator at Jhpiego, providing programmatic support to the HMS Secretariat. Her international experience began working in Higher Education at West Virginia University as a program coordinator for the Intensive English Program – a language program for international students needing to improve their English proficiency prior to entering an academic course of study. After 7 years, she transitioned to the global health industry at Jhpiego to support organizational management to the Technical Leadership Office. In her role, Ms. Wade also supports global advocacy  for nurses and midwives through her work with the Nursing Now Campaign at Jhpiego and is a logistical lead for international conference coordination, representing Jhpiego in a variety of global settings across many technical areas.

Laura Fitzgerald
Laura Fitzgerald

Laura Fitzgerald

Laura Fitzgerald, a certified nurse-midwife with a master’s degree from Yale University School of Nursing, is a Maternal Health Advisor  and Team Lead for Learning & Performance at Jhpiego. Ms. Fitzgerald has supported HIV prevention programming in east and southern Africa, including establishing and managing Jhpiego’s in-country office in Swaziland; leading the human resources component of an accelerated male circumcision for HIV prevention program involving 200 clinical and support staff at over 15 service delivery sites; and providing primary technical assistance to the Swaziland Ministry of Health. Since 2012, Ms. Fitzgerald has been providing technical assistance in reproductive, maternal, and newborn health, developing educational content, and serving as a clinical trainer.

Partners and Supporters

Endorsed by:

International Confederation of Midwives (ICM)
International Federation of Gynecology & Obstetrics (FIGO)
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
International Council of Nurses (ICN)
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)


American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)
Essential Care for Labor & Delivery (in development)

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
Complications of Labor & Birth (in development)


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