Governments Must Take 'Concrete Action' To Reduce Maternal Mortality, Morbidity

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With the U.N. Human Rights Council's June session coming up, governments have a "chance to prove that they value women's lives by taking concrete action" to recognize "preventable maternal death as a violation of women's rights," ...

Although "we know what is needed to save women's lives" women are still dying or "left with lifelong, debilitating complications. Moreover, when mothers die, children are at greater risk of dropping out of school, becoming malnourished, and simply not surviving. Not only is maternal mortality and morbidity a global health emergency, but it triggers and aggravates cycles of poverty that cause generations of suffering and despair," Robinson and Yamin write, adding that "saving women's lives" would cost an estimated additional "$6 billion a year to be on track to achieve" the U.N. MDGs.

They write that "poor governments" will not "be blamed for not doing what they cannot do," but asserting that these "preventable deaths are an issue of human rights" highlights the "profound injustice of disparities in maternal deaths" and makes it "more urgent that donor states honor their funding commitments."

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