Improving maternal health is simple. It is only a matter of making the decision as a society that women’s lives are worth (saving). But achieving this vision involves facing challenges on many fronts and at a large scale: from changing beliefs and practices deeply entrenched in many societies, to raising education levels or putting into place pro-poor policies. Where this is not happening, as Save the Children’s new annual report puts it, for millions of mothers and their babies in developing countries, it is a dance with death. The maternal mortality ratio in developing regions is still 15 times higher than in the developed regions. So in the end it turns out to be a rather complex issue.
Woman Deliver 2013 conference starts, a global forum where advocates gather to generate political commitment and resource investments to reduce maternal mortality and achieve universal access to reproductive health. It seems a good occasion to highlight some of the main factors that in the XXI century still conspire against accelerating progress towards achieving Millenium Development Goal 5, aka improving maternal health.
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