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Strengthening Health Care Workforce Key to Improving Women’s Health

Huffington Post: A Year in Review: Teaching the Next Generation of Doctors in Tanzania
Maureen Ries, obstetrician-gynecologist and deputy chief medical officer at Seed Global Health

“…Maternal mortality was not cut to the extent targeted by 2015, but there was significant progress made. Globally, the maternal mortality ratio dropped 45 percent from 1990 to 2013. … Countries in East Africa know that they need more health care professionals and trained birth assistants. A larger, stronger health care workforce would enable more patients to get seen sooner, more frequently and closer to where they live. … Focusing on capacity building to sustainably strengthen a health care workforce is a key move in continuing to improve the health of women worldwide…” (1/8).