26 Years On: A Need for a Moral Revolution in Maternal Health Care

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We gathered at the foot of Mount Meru for three days: 800 researchers, practitioners, advocates, policy-makers and donors, to discuss the state of quality maternal health care. The fact that we were congregated in one of the oldest inhabited regions on Earth, where women and girls had been dying in childbirth – for millennia – was not lost on the delegates. The conference itself was a typical affair: well organised, with a steady stream of findings. Yet, the question of implementation – how do we actually do it – played on so many lips. There was palpable dissatisfaction that after CEDAW, Nairobi, Cairo, Beijing, we were still here

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26 Years On: A Need for a Moral Revolution in Maternal Health Care

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