Four days ago a young woman died giving birth in a bustling marketplace in New Delhi, just steps away from Parliament, and at the beginning of an international conference on maternal health. This is not acceptable.
The need to increase the number of trained workers to reduce maternal mortality can not be overestimated. But there are also other very cheap and highly effective methods of combating maternal mortality in the short run.
The opening plenary, Global progress on maternal health: the numbers and their implications, of the Global Maternal Health Conference 2010 in Delhi focused on global progress on maternal health and explored recent maternal mortality estimates.
There are many ways to save women’s lives, but the success of any given intervention depends on local context. What works in one locale may not work in another.