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More HCWs, Better Quality Care Needed To End Maternal Mortality

Huffington Post: Why We Should Judge the World on the Health of Women
Jim Campbell, executive director of the Global Health Workforce Alliance

“…Tackling maternal mortality may seem like a daunting challenge: a complex interplay of socio-economic, cultural, and health system factors conspire to determine life-threatening delays in seeking and accessing quality care. But we have now better evidence than ever before on how to fix these problems … The scale of the challenge is huge: health systems already face a shortfall of millions of health workers, which will rise if we consider the implications of the ‘0 targets’ of ending preventable newborn and child deaths that the international community is currently considering. Meeting these future requirements will entail matching massive new investments in the training and deployment of health workers with significant improvements in their productivity and quality…” (9/16).

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