To end preventable maternal mortality, let’s explore ‘business as unusual’
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
When you think of efforts to reduce maternal mortality, it’s natural to look to governments, theUnited Nations, the World Health Organization and other national and international bodies charged with responding to global health challenges.
And in many ways you would be right; but that’s not the full picture. It turns out that private health providers and local health businesses — an overlooked source of healthcare in much of the developing world — may also be important partners in the global push to end preventable maternal deaths.
During the last U.N. General Assembly in New York, Merck for Mothers teamed up withPopulation Services International and the World Bank to host a panel discussion focused exclusively on this topic. Entitled “Business as Unusual: Exploring the Potential of Local Health Businesses to Reduce Maternal Mortality,” the event set out to reframe the way the global health community thinks about ending preventable maternal mortality.
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