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WHO reaffirms commitment to women's health

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7138.1111d (Published 11 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1111
  1. Simon Kirwin
  1. BMJ

    The World Health Organisation has reiterated its goal of cutting maternal mortality by half by the year 2000, despite the fact that little progress has been made towards this target over the past 10 years. The WHO used its World Health Day on 7 April to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Safe Motherhood initiative, which aims to encourage countries to look at the position of women in society and to improve their health care.

    About 1600 women die each day from complications in pregnancy and childbirth, mostly in Asia and Africa. …

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