New Report Outlines 6 Steps To Preventing Maternal Mortality Globally

Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program’s “New Security Beat”: New Report: Six Steps Towards Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality
Nazra Amin, intern at the Wilson Center, and Yuval Cohen, intern with the Maternal Health Initiative at the Wilson Center, discuss results from a new report outlining six steps to preventing maternal deaths globally. The report, by Sarah B. Barnes and Elizabeth Wang of the Maternal Health Initiative and Geeta Lal of UNFPA, recommends the following steps, according to Amin and Cohen: “1. Take a rights-based approach to women’s health. 2. Follow a holistic life-cycle approach to woman-centered care … 3. Pay attention to emerging issues: comprehensive sexuality education and non-communicable diseases. 4. Acknowledge the impact of unsafe abortions and promote quality post-abortion care. 5. Ensure accountability at all levels and focus on data collection, disaggregation, and reporting. 6. Do not silo investments in women and newborns” (5/29).