Last week, Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity in Washington, D.C., posted a blog on the Huffington Post about the new maternal mortality figures released in the Lancet. As the title of her blog suggests, these figures are good news, but the "Maternal Mortality Decrease is not 'Mission Accomplished'." As she says in her post,
"While the decrease in the maternal mortality ratio reported yesterday by the Lancet is a victory, it is anything but a "mission accomplished." We are not off the hook--the same report also documented that HIV is responsible for more than 60,000 maternal deaths each year. The US--whose maternal mortality rate ranks 41st in the world, tying with Serbia and Montenegro--still has a responsibility to prevent maternal death. No woman should die giving birth, in the US or abroad. It's just a question of making sure everyone has access to it, which is, irrefutably, a basic human right."