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UN launches new action plan on maternal and child health

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 19 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2122
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    The United Nations has pledged to focus on child and maternal health, as a new report says that nearly 0.5 million women die in childbirth each year and 3.6 million babies die in the first month of life.

    The figures, presented at the New York launch of a campaign to improve maternal and child health, also showed that 5.2 million children die before the age of 5 years.

    The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, said, “Of all the millennium development goals maternal health has advanced the least and it is a key to all the rest. That is why, today, we are putting women’s and children’s health front and centre …

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