Maternal health in poor countries: the broader context and a call for action

Véronique Filippi, Carine Ronsmans, Oona MR Campbell, Wendy J. Graham, Anne Mills, Jo Borghi, Marjorie Koblinsky, David Osrin

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In this paper, we take a broad perspective on maternal health and place it in its wider context. We draw attention to the economic and social vulnerability of pregnant women, and stress the importance of concomitant broader strategies, including poverty reduction and women's empowerment. We also consider outcomes beyond mortality, in particular, near-misses and long-term sequelae, and the implications of the close association between the mother, the fetus, and the child. We make links to a range of global survival initiatives, particularly neonatal health, HIV, and malaria, and to reproductive health. Finally, after examining the political and financial context, we call for action. The need for strategic vision, financial resources, human resources, and information are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1535-1541
Number of pages7
JournalThe Lancet
Volume368
Issue number9546
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 28 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Reproductive Health
Poverty
Malaria
Pregnant Women
Fetus
Economics
Mothers
HIV
Survival
Mortality
Infant Health
Power (Psychology)
Maternal Health

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Filippi, V., Ronsmans, C., Campbell, O. MR., Graham, W. J., Mills, A., Borghi, J., ... Osrin, D. (2006). Maternal health in poor countries: the broader context and a call for action. The Lancet, 368(9546), 1535-1541. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(06)69384-7

Maternal health in poor countries : the broader context and a call for action. / Filippi, Véronique; Ronsmans, Carine; Campbell, Oona MR; Graham, Wendy J.; Mills, Anne; Borghi, Jo; Koblinsky, Marjorie; Osrin, David.

In: The Lancet, Vol. 368, No. 9546, 28.10.2006, p. 1535-1541.

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Filippi, V, Ronsmans, C, Campbell, OMR, Graham, WJ, Mills, A, Borghi, J, Koblinsky, M & Osrin, D 2006, 'Maternal health in poor countries: the broader context and a call for action', The Lancet, vol. 368, no. 9546, pp. 1535-1541. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(06)69384-7
Filippi V, Ronsmans C, Campbell OMR, Graham WJ, Mills A, Borghi J et al. Maternal health in poor countries: the broader context and a call for action. The Lancet. 2006 Oct 28;368(9546):1535-1541. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(06)69384-7
Filippi, Véronique ; Ronsmans, Carine ; Campbell, Oona MR ; Graham, Wendy J. ; Mills, Anne ; Borghi, Jo ; Koblinsky, Marjorie ; Osrin, David. / Maternal health in poor countries : the broader context and a call for action. In: The Lancet. 2006 ; Vol. 368, No. 9546. pp. 1535-1541.
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