Improving global maternal health: Progress, challenges, and promise

Jennifer Harris Requejo, Mario Merialdi, Flavia Bustreo

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Purpose of review: This review discusses the unprecedented global commitment to improve maternal health and scientific advancements in the field achieved during the last year. Recent findings: Achievements at political, scientific, and programmatic levels targeted at improving maternal health, especially in low-resource settings, are described. Remaining challenges are discussed and the most promising areas of research and practice aimed at addressing these challenges are identified. Summary: For the first time in decades, it is evident that progress in reducing mortality on a global scale is possible. Results showing increases in coverage of key maternal health interventions and the establishment of a system for promoting accountability are key determinants of that progress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)465-470
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2011


  • access to care
  • maternal mortality
  • political commitment
  • progress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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