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Accelerating progress on women’s and children’s health (English)

Countries have made substantial progress towards millennium development goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 - to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health. Since 1990, both maternal and child mortality have been reduced by 50 percent worldwide and access to reproductive health services has improved. However, progress overall is insufficient and uneven. Understanding what works, and how these lessons apply across geographic and socio-political borders, can inform strategies for the MDGs and the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. An article in this month’s bulletin synthesizes evidence from studies on success factors for women’s and children’s health in low- and middle-income countries that achieved accelerated progress (fast-track countries). The global investment framework for women’s and children’s health shows that investments in reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) can yield up to nine times their value in economic and social benefits.




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Presern, Carole Bustreo,Flavia Evans,Timothy Grant Abdul Ghaffar,Jeehan Nawaf Abdul Malik

Accelerating progress on women’s and children’s health (English). Author accepted manuscript Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.