Maternal health in poor countries: the broader context and a call for action.


Filippi, V; Ronsmans, C; Campbell, OM; Graham, WJ; Mills, A; Borghi, J; Koblinsky, M; Osrin, D; (2006) Maternal health in poor countries: the broader context and a call for action. Lancet, 368 (9546). pp. 1535-41. ISSN 0140-6736 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(06)69384-7

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Abstract

In this paper, we take a broad perspective on maternal health and place it in its wider context. We draw attention to the economic and social vulnerability of pregnant women, and stress the importance of concomitant broader strategies, including poverty reduction and women's empowerment. We also consider outcomes beyond mortality, in particular, near-misses and long-term sequelae, and the implications of the close association between the mother, the fetus, and the child. We make links to a range of global survival initiatives, particularly neonatal health, HIV, and malaria, and to reproductive health. Finally, after examining the political and financial context, we call for action. The need for strategic vision, financial resources, human resources, and information are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Academic Services & Administration > Academic Administration
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
Research Centre: Centre for Maternal, Reproductive and Child Health (MARCH)
Maternal Health Group
PubMed ID: 17071287
Web of Science ID: 241582700031
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/10755

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