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New Project Aims To Reduce Maternal Mortality, Improve Newborn Health In Mozambique

The Conversation: New research partnership makes childbirth safer in Mozambique
Nazeem Muhajarine, professor at the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology and director of the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit at the University of Saskatchewan

“As the world awakens to deep injustices for women globally, an ambitious project led by University of Saskatchewan researchers in Mozambique is striving to reset the course — reducing maternal mortality and improving newborn health by empowering women and girls. … [T]he project … will increase access to health care services, increase management and leadership capacity in the health care system, and provide professional education for health practitioners. The project will also build infrastructure such as maternal clinics and waiting homes, provide much-needed ambulances and medical equipment, and increase the use of research-based information in decision-making. … [T]hrough concerted efforts and well-placed resources we can eliminate gender-based disparities, of which maternal mortality is one. To do so would be a great achievement for gender equity and reflect a shared commitment to a human rights framework for health” (3/25).