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Maternal and perinatal health in developing countries.

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The promotion of maternal health and mortality reduction is of worldwide importance, and constitutes a vital part of the UN Millennium Development Goals. The highest maternal mortality rates are in developing countries, where global and regional initiatives are needed to improve the systems and practices involved in maternal care and medical access. Taking a practical policy approach, this book co...

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Chapter 1 (Page no: 1)

An introduction to maternal and perinatal health.

This chapter provides an overview of maternal and perinatal health in developing countries and presents a synopsis of the subsequent chapters in this book. Maternal deaths represent only a fraction of the burden of ill health and disability faced by millions of women and newborns as a consequence of complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Unnecessary maternal and perinatal deaths and ill health continue to occur in developing countries because of fundamental factors such as poverty and the lack of education and empowerment. Proximate determinants of maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity are weak health systems, lack of access to health services and poor availability and quality of maternity care. Technical experts have agreed on core strategies to improve maternal and perinatal health, which include family planning, nutritional interventions, appropriate antenatal care, safe abortion care, skilled care especially during labour and delivery, emergency obstetric care and postnatal support. The global community has embarked on a united effort, with an expansion of interested groups which together can make a real difference in hastening the improvement of maternal and perinatal health. Some of the key challenges faced for the successful implementation of programmes at country level are to enhance the functionality of health systems as a vital foundation upon which to build programmes and to improve the integration of services. At global level, improved networking and clarity of mandates amongst the various partners will be fundamental to ensuring resources are directed effectively and efficiently.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 2 (Page no: 10) The Millennium Development Goals. Author(s): McCaw-Binns, A. Hussein, J.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 25) The politics of progress: the story of maternal mortality. Author(s): Graham, W. J.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 40) The epidemiology of maternal mortality. Author(s): Stanton, C. McCaw-Binns, A.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 51) The epidemiology of stillbirths and neonatal deaths. Author(s): Stanton, C. Lawn, J. E.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 64) Health systems. Author(s): Mavalankar, D. V. Raman, P. S.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 77) Financing maternity care. Author(s): Witter, S. Ensor, T.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 96) Implementing clinical interventions within maternal health programmes. Author(s): Langer, A. Knight, H. Charnock, A. Wegner, M. N. Villar, J.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 114) Medical conditions in pregnancy. Author(s): Webber, R. McCaw-Binns, A. Hussein, J.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 127) Improving the availability of services. Author(s): Phoya, A. Mavalankar, D. V. Raman, P. S. Hussein, J.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 139) Geographical access, transport and referral systems. Author(s): Munjanja, S. P. Magure, T. Kandawasvika, G.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 155) Demand for maternity care: beliefs, behaviour and social access. Author(s): Mumtaz, Z. Levay, A.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 170) Empowering the community: BRAC's approach in Bangladesh. Author(s): Kaosar Afsana
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 181) Quality of care. Author(s): Achadi, E. Pitchforth, E. Hussein, J.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 193) Monitoring and evaluation. Author(s): Hounton, S. Newlands, D. Meda, N. Hussein, J.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 210) Addressing maternal health in emergency settings. Author(s): Bartlett, L. Aitken, I. Smith, J. M. Thomas, L. J. Rosen, H. E. Tappis, H. Burnham, G.