IHP news 203 – Global maternal health conference in Arusha

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Dear Colleagues, World media focused on a former cycling star this week, but for the global health community the Arusha  maternal health conference –  “the most important conference on maternal health this decade”(R. Horton) –was the obvious highlight. Quality of care was a prominent theme there but presentations also focused on respectful maternal care as a basic human right, Horton floated a 5- point code of conduct  for ethical (North-South) research on Twitter as well as a provisional 10-point manifesto for maternal health, and one blogger was very impressed by Rwanda’s Minister of Health. Another common theme was mentioned by Jocalyn Clark in one of her blog posts: “ Many presentations and conversations raised troubling questions about our push/promotion of institutional births when facilities in many regions are so ill-equipped, filthy, under-staffed, and otherwise inadequate to meeting women’s needs.”  Given the importance of the conference, we hope to offer you a guest editorial on Arusha next week.

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IHP news 203 – Global maternal health conference in Arusha

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