Yesterday, Sarah Brown wrote a piece for the Guardian on her new campaign to improve maternal care. In the article she referenced Professor Allan Rosenfield's famous quote, "Where is the 'M' in MCH?" To address this question, she referenced some recent positive steps forward. She said:
For the first time, Comic Relief made maternal health one of its fund-raising priorities. On Friday, Gordon had a meeting with the president of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick, and discussed finding new ways of funding healthcare throughout the developing world, as we move towards the meeting of G8 leaders in July where they will discuss progress towards agreed goals on international development.
And in Downing Street last Thursday, I held a meeting of individuals from government, charity and the private sector as well as Hajia Turai Yar'Adua, the first lady of Nigeria, to examine how we can empower women in the developing world to access vital health services.
All of these are extremely promising events. But what else is needed to really put the M back into MCH?
Jill Sheffield is the president of Women Deliver.