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Skilled birth attendance-lessons learnt

Adegoke, Adetoro and Van Den Broek, Nynke ORCID: (2009) 'Skilled birth attendance-lessons learnt'. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Vol 116, Issue S1, pp. 33-40.

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To reduce the horrific maternal mortality figures that we have globally especially in resource poor countries, there was a global commitment to reduce maternal mortality by three-quarters by 2015 using 1990 as a baseline. To measure the achievement of this goal, two indicators: maternal mortality ratio and proportion of births attended by skilled attendance were selected. To ensure skilled attendance at birth for all women, the international community set a target of 80% by 2005, 85% by 2010 and 90% coverage by 2015. However, in 2008 only 65.7% of all women were attended to by a skilled attendant during pregnancy, childbirth and immediately postpartum globally with some countries having less than 20% coverage. With the global human resource crisis, achieving this target is challenging but possible. This paper provides a narrative review of the literature on the skilled birth attendance strategy identifying key challenges and lessons learnt.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special Issue: International Reviews
Subjects: WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 310 Maternal welfare
WQ Obstetrics > Labor > WQ 300 General works
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > Child & Reproductive Health Group
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Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2010 15:47
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2022 11:09


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