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Women and Health: the key for sustainable development
It is concluded that gender-transformative policies are needed to enable women to integrate their social, biological, and occupational roles and function to their full capacity, and that healthy, valued, enabled, and empowered women will make substantial contributions to sustainable development.
Maternal survival in developing countries: what has been done, what can be achieved in the next decade
  • F. Donnay
  • Medicine
    International journal of gynaecology and…
  • 1 July 2000
The effective strategies for reducing maternal death, their policy requirements and programmatic implications, and examples of successful developing country programmes are described.
60 million non‐facility births: Who can deliver in community settings to reduce intrapartum‐related deaths?
For the world's 60 million non‐facility births, addressing who is currently attending these births and what effect they have on birth outcomes is a key starting point toward improving care during
The scale, scope, coverage, and capability of childbirth care
Data is presented that policy makers and planners can use to evaluate whether maternal health services are functioning to meet needs of women nationally, and potentially subnationally, and configurations of intrapartum care systems are described.
Setting Research Priorities for Preconception Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Aiming to Reduce Maternal and Child Mortality and Morbidity
Sohni Dean and colleagues report their CHNRI exercise that developed health research priorities for effective pre-conception care in low- and middle-income countries. Please see later in the article
Eliminating obstetric fistula: Progress in partnerships
The strategies and progress of the campaign to End Fistula are described, which aims to raise awareness and support to prevent fistula and provide comprehensive treatment for women living with fistula.
Reproductive health in Romania: reversing the Ceausescu legacy.
The newly created contraceptive and abortion services have presented health system managers and policymakers with many challenges as they work to expand the availability of high-quality, comprehensive reproductive health care in a setting of economic hardship, political unrest, insufficient infrastructure, and outdated medical knowledge and practice.
Progression of the first stage of spontaneous labour: A prospective cohort study in two sub-Saharan African countries
Cervical dilatation during labour in the slowest-yet-normal women can progress more slowly than the widely accepted benchmark of 1 cm/hour, irrespective of parity, and average labour curves may not truly reflect the variability associated with labour progression.
Can the process indicators for emergency obstetric care assess the progress of maternal mortality reduction programs? An examination of UNFPA Projects 2000–2004
The UN process indicators for emergency obstetric care should continue to be promoted, but with two important conditions: data collection is carefully checked for quality and coverage and efforts are made to match process and outcome indicators.
Reducing intrapartum‐related deaths and disability: Can the health system deliver?
Each year 1.02 million intrapartum stillbirths and 904 000 neonatal deaths (formerly called “birth asphyxia”) occur, closely linked to 536 000 maternal deaths, an estimated 42% of which are intraartum‐related.