Date Published: June 21, 2010
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Abstract: The PLoS Medicine editors argue that maternal health policies must recognize the full spectrum of women’s sexual and reproductive health.
Partial Text: A shocking number of women die or are disabled each year trying to give birth—more than 10 million women, according to the WHO, 99% of whom are in developing countries . The maternal health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)—to reduce maternal mortality by three-quarters and to provide universal access to reproductive health by 2015—are long considered the most underachieving of the MDGs and have been chronically low on political priority lists. Recent international attention to maternal health, including its prominence at upcoming G8, Pacific Health, African Union, and UN General Assembly Summits, is therefore a welcome development and comes at a time when critical new data are available to guide action.