Maternal and Child Health

Op-Ed

Improving Maternal Health Worldwide

Authors: Isobel Coleman and Laurie Garrett
The Hill

Every year, 536,000 women die during childbirth, and an additional 8 million become severely disabled. The death toll doesn't end with the mothers: 5 percent of all newborns die after their mother's death, and millions of other children are left orphaned. Isobel Coleman and Laurie Garrett argue that the way to reduce this staggering level of maternal mortality is to "pass legislation that shows real resolve, with money and legislated programs behind it."

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Analysis Brief

Honor Thy Mother

Half a million women die each year during pregnancy or childbirth. Reducing the maternal mortality rate is one of the UN's Millennium Development goals, but experts say not enough is being done to safeguard the lives of mothers.

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Transcript

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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