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Progress and prospects : the Safe Motherhood Initiative, 1987-1992 (English)

In 1987 the World Bank, in collaboration with WHO and UNFPA, sponsored the Safe Motherhood Conference in Nairobi. The launch of the Safe Motherhood Initiative (SMI) was seen as a major milestone in the race to reduce the burden of maternal mortality throughout the world, particularly in developing countries. It issued a call to action to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity by one half by the year 2000. The Safe Motherhood Initiative is a worldwide effort that aims to increase attention to and reduce the devastating numbers of women that suffer death or serious illness every year. Making motherhood safe for the world's women calls for national governments, funding agencies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to make maternal health an urgent health priority and to ensure that the necessary political and financial support is dedicated to this effort. This paper comprises a progress report on the first five years of the Initiative, and is organized as follows: Part 1 describes activities undertaken as part of the Initiative at the local, national, regional, and international levels, and the issues and questions raised during the first five years. Following a review of proposed program priorities and related discussions, the paper briefly summarizes the different types of activities that have been launched, highlighting any evaluative findings available. Part 2 contains three appendices, which are intended to serve as a directory. The first contains summary descriptions of select local and national Safe Motherhood programs, and other efforts which, while not formally linked to the Safe Motherhood Initiative, address many of the same concerns. The second contains brief descriptions of the Initiative activities of various international agencies. The last provides an overview of over the last five years, and lists the countries that were represented.

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  • Author

    Otsea, Karen (Family Care International)

  • Document Date

    1992/07/01

  • Document Type

    Working Paper

  • Report Number

    34395

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    World,

  • Region

    The World Region,

  • Disclosure Date

    2005/12/05

  • Disclosure Status

    Disclosed

  • Doc Name

    Progress and prospects : the Safe Motherhood Initiative, 1987-1992

  • Keywords

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Otsea, Karen (Family Care International)

Progress and prospects : the Safe Motherhood Initiative, 1987-1992 (English). Partnership for Safe Motherhood series Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/450251468177862838/Progress-and-prospects-the-Safe-Motherhood-Initiative-1987-1992