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National data on women’s health mask inequalities, conference hears

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3629 (Published 06 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3629
  1. Patralekha Chatterjee
  1. 1Kuala Lumpur

Women from ethnic minorities and poor or vulnerable women need to be targeted in efforts to improve women’s health, heard delegates at the Third Women Deliver conference held in Kuala Lumpur on 28-30 May.

Although national statistics in recent years have been highlighting improvements in the health of women and girl in many countries, these data often mask huge differences between regions and communities. Experts in public health at the conference underlined the importance of filling the gaps in the data to improve measurement and monitoring of maternal mortality.

The Countdown to 2015 accountability report from the World Health Organization and Unicef, launched at the conference, said that maternal and child mortality had been falling over the past two decades in most of the 75 countries that account for over 95% of the world’s maternal and child mortality (the …

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