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Maternal health target is unlikely to be met, MPs warn

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 06 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:529
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

The collective failure by governments worldwide to tackle maternal health problems has meant that the United Nations’ fifth millennium development goal, to reduce by three quarters maternal mortality by 2015, has seen the least progress of all the goals, a report from the UK parliament’s international development committee says.

Its report on the UK government’s effort to deal with the issues, published this week, claims that political will in the United Kingdom and worldwide has been insufficient “to drive actions to improve the health of women, both at the international and national levels.”

It acknowledges that the Department for International Development has done some important work. The department has been a leading donor to worldwide programmes on maternal health and “deserves credit for its creation …

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