Budget Analysis and Maternal Mortality

The International Initiative on Maternal Mortality and Human Rights (IIMMHR) just released a publication called "The Missing Link: Applied Budget Work as a Tool to Hold Governments Accountable for Maternal Mortality Reduction Commitments."

Barriers to Ending Maternal Deaths

Just when you think you've got it all figured out! We just found an article from about doctors in Ghana who have had to halt special prenatal home visits because road crash casualties are taking up so much of their time and scarce resources, medical workers say.

Maternal Health Recognized at Human Rights Council

Geneva – The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a landmark resolution today, recognizing maternal death and illness as a pressing human rights concern. Over 70 UN member states (including the US) co-sponsored this resolution, led by Colombia and New Zealand.

Global Leaders Discuss Economic Crisis and UN Health Goals

United Nations – Today, world leaders and international health experts agreed to an urgent action plan to save the lives of millions of mothers and newborns at a luncheon hosted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Foreign Minister of Norway, Jonas Gahr Støre. The plan comes as the global economic crisis – having previously affected mainly rich countries – is plunging millions more of the world’s most vulnerable people into extreme poverty.

Maternal Health is a Human Right

In a fantastic op-ed in the Boston Globe, Mary Robinson and Alicia Yamin, advisory council members of the International Initiative on Maternal Mortality and Human Rights, discuss the issue of preventable maternal deaths as a violation of women's rights.

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