Maternal and Child Health

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Community-Based Interventions - Improving Maternal Health in Afghanistan

Speaker: Denise Byrd
Presider: Isobel Coleman

Experience has shown that community-based interventions not only reduce maternal mortality in Afghanistan, but also complement broader efforts to achieve stability and development in this war-torn country. Denise Byrd, an expert in maternal and child health, reproductive health, and family planning, described the challenges faced by maternal health providers in Afghanistan and discussed several successful intervention programs.

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Symposium on Maternal Health and Foreign Policy: Session 1: Framing the Issue [Rush Transcript; Federal News Service, Inc.]

Speakers: Lynn Freedman and Geeta Rao Gupta
Presider: Isobel Coleman

This half-day symposium explored the issue of maternal mortality—defined as the death of a pregnant woman during her pregnancy or within forty-two days of delivery—remains shockingly high in most of the world. The first panel explained the magnitude of the problem and factors driving it.

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Symposium on Maternal Health and Foreign Policy: Session 2: Framing the Issue

Speakers: Allan Rosenfield and Mary Robinson
Presider: Laurie Garrett

This half-day symposium explored the issue of maternal mortality which, defined as the death of a pregnant woman during her pregnancy or within 42 days of delivery, remains shockingly high in most of the world. The second panel laid out policy prescriptions for tackling the shocking number of maternal deaths.

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