Magazine article The Nation's Health

Maternal, Child Health Still Grave Global Public Health Concerns

Magazine article The Nation's Health

Maternal, Child Health Still Grave Global Public Health Concerns

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REDUCING child mortality and improving maternal health--two of the international public health community's Millennium Development Goals--will require ongoing and widespread efforts on behalf of the world's most vulnerable people, according to a new report from the World Health Organization.

Released in April, the report tracks intervention coverage for maternal, newborn and child survival as well as indicators such as HIV-related interventions, immunization, vitamin A supplementation, and water and sanitation. The report covers 68 priority countries with the highest rates of death among children younger than 5 as well as the highest maternal mortality. The countries in the report account for 97 percent of the global maternal and child deaths each year.

A follow-up to a 2005 report, the 2008 version tracks maternal health indicators for the first time and is designed to encourage expanding the types of interventions that have been proven to reduce mortality among mothers, newborns and children.

The report found that success is mixed among the studied countries when it comes to applying proven maternal and child health interventions. For example, most have high or increasing coverage rates for preventive measures such as vaccination, vitamin A supplementation and providing insecticide-treated bed nets to prevent malaria. But very few of the countries in the report are making progress when it comes to reaching women and children with clinical care services. …

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