Maternal health: fifth report of session 2007-08, Vol. 1: Report, together with formal minutes, Volume 1

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Millennium Development Goal 5, which seeks to reduce by three-quarters the level of maternal mortality by 2015, has seen the least progress of all the MDGs. While the DFID deserves credit for the support it offers, major challenges continue to be seen. These include: addressing the huge shortage of midwives worldwide & increasing the availability of emergency obstetric care; and addressing the gender inequalities that prevent women fulfilling their right to health. There is a lack of data with a tendency to under-report maternal deaths and the use of national averages create real uncertainty about the real scale of maternal mortality, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. It has also been estimated that for each woman who dies, 30 further women will become disabled, injured or ill owing to pregnancy. The DFID must prioritise, play to its strengths and support other actors, especially the UN, in playing their part in order for maternal health to receive the urgent political commitment that it deserves.
 

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Contents

Report Page
3
More than a medical problem maternal health as a development issue
11
global strategies for maternal health
23
Strategies for success
35
The challenge for DFID
48
Conclusion
55
Formal Minutes
66

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