Crucial moment to redress appalling neglect of maternal mortality

October 11, 2007

The crucial moment to redress the appalling historical neglect of maternal mortality has arrived, concludes the Editorial introducing the Women Deliver Special Issue of The Lancet.

It says: "20 years ago, the Safe Motherhood Initiative was launched by WHO and others to help reduce the severe global burden of pregnancy-related illness and death. Sadly, today, most of that burden remains unchanged."

Weaving together the themes in the papers in the special issue, the Editorial calls for a new wave of 21st century activism to throw a bright light on the low status of women. It concludes: "The need is known as is the knowledge to fix it. More money exists than ever, and a range of existing global initiatives has yielded useful experiences and lessons. There can be no more excuses and no further delay. Women's rights are worth fighting for; their lives can and must be saved."
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