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Women’s Health—What’s New Worldwide: Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health

Citation

Kirtley, Shona & Thorp, John M., Jr. (2011). Women’s Health—What’s New Worldwide: Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 118(4), 518-520.

Abstract

This strategy, published by the United Nations, is a call to action for all countries and partners to work together to scale up and prioritise successful interventions, strengthen health systems and coordinate work across sectors to ensure that progress is made in improving the health of women and children around the world. The strategy outlines six essential areas that must be addressed if success is to be achieved: country-led health plans; a comprehensive, integrated package of essential interventions and services; integrated care; health-system strengthening; health workforce capacity building; coordinated research and innovation. The strategy states that if all the areas outlined in the document are addressed then between 2011 and 2015 an estimated 15 million child deaths (including three million newborn deaths) and the deaths of 570 000 women from complications of pregnancy could be prevented. The major barrier to implementation is not a lack of knowledge, as the great majority of these deaths are preventable, but a lack of resources to provide basic perinatal care and to deliver it in suburban–rural areas. A modest investment from wealthier nations and health systems could have a substantial impact, as has been the case with AIDs and the provision of antiretrovirals.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-0528.2011.02909.x

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2011

Journal Title

BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Author(s)

Kirtley, Shona
Thorp, John M., Jr.