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Session: Maternal Mortality: Do Women have the Right to Safe Childbirth?
3220.0: Monday, November 06, 2006: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Maternal Mortality: Do Women have the Right to Safe Childbirth?
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted by UN member states have set a target to reduce maternal mortality by 75% by 2015. While analysis of data from 1987 and 2000 in 73 countries shows small but significant decline in MMR (2.5%-3.3% per year), most decline is limited to countries with lower initial MMR. This panel discusses progress and challenges in meeting the Millennium Development Goal for MMR especially in poorer countries with high initial MMR. A critical challenge is how we can monitor progress and trends. Research suggests that analyzing trends in process indicators is a viable strategy. The panel also examines the most-recent evidence for alternative strategies for MMR reduction, including misoprostol for post-partum hemorrhage, family planning, use of private and non-professional skilled providers, and reducing financial barriers. Finally, the panel analyzes national and international political dynamics in relation to maternal mortality reduction, drawing implications for program effectiveness. Policy windows for safe motherhood have opened up, but progress in achieving MDGs will require effective networks of national and international political champions pushing political systems to prioritize this cause.
Learning Objectives: 1. Describe recent trends in maternal mortality worldwide; 2. Evaluate factors that influence international maternal mortality trends and the success of programmatic interventions to reduce MMR; 3. Recognize the political dynamics of maternal mortality reduction.
Moderator(s):Taryn Vian, MSc
12:30 PMMaternal Mortality in Developing Countries: Signs of Limited Progress
Ken Hill, Cynthia Stanton, Yoonjoung Choi, Kevin Thomas
12:50 PMSaving maternal lives in rural settings with scarce resources  [ Recorded presentation ]
Ndola Prata, MD, MSc, Farnaz Vahidnia, MD, MPH, Martha Campbell, PhD, Malcolm Potts, MB, PhD, FRCOG
1:10 PMReducing financial barriers to skilled birth attendance: Does it really matter?
Slavea Chankova, MPA, Tania Dmytraczenko, PhD
1:30 PMPolitical dimensions of maternal mortality reduction in India and Nigeria: Implications for achieving the health MDGs  [ Recorded presentation ]
Jeremy Shiffman, PhD
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:International Health
Endorsed by:Maternal and Child Health; Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health; Socialist Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

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