The message, I think, there is the fact that if you do not have malaria, then the issues surrounding women's health and pregnancy outcomes -- whether it's in the delta of Mississippi, in south Fulton County in Atlanta, Islamabad, in Beijing, in Havana, in Mexico City -- all around the world, the issues of women's health are the same.
CNN: What do you mean?
Brann: Women in low-resource settings have difficulty controlling their lives. You didn't choose your parents, and... you didn't choose your color of your skin. You didn't choose the country in which you're born. If you think carefully, that probably influences 90% of our (health) outcomes. We have maybe 10% left.
It's just great to be involved in helping to improve a system of health care through which we never ask to come.
We work within ministries of health, and also within universities, so that we can help design systems that influence all of the population.
CNN: What is most crucial for a woman to have a healthy baby?
Not too early, not too many, not too soon and not too late.
The best outcome for a healthy pregnancy is to be wanted, planned and have access to prenatal care with appropriate nutrition and delivered by a skilled attendant ... followed by access to modern contraception for appropriate child spacing.