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May 21, 2013
The Lancet Publishes Correspondence regarding "A Manifesto for Maternal Health Post-2015"
AUTHOR:Harry Strulovici, MD, MPHSOURCE:The LancetThe current issue of The Lancet has published a correspondence regarding "A manifesto for maternal health post-2015". The manifesto was published in The Lancet in February 2013. You can read the manifesto, the correspondence and author's reply below:
The recommendations for maternal health1 are an excellent framework to build on to improve maternal health.
I believe that without strong political will and stewardship, these activities will be difficult to implement.
In addition, male partner involvement in securing women's access to health services cannot be underestimated.2 Their buy-in for acknowledging and accepting the rights of women will be critical to ensure healthy outcomes. I encourage the Maternal Health Task Force to include these additional points in the manifesto.
I declare that I have no conflicts of interest.
Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
A note of appreciation to Jim Campbell and colleagues for recognising the error in the manifesto1 published as a result of the Global Maternal Health Conference held on Jan 15–17, 2013, in Arusha, Tanzania. The Maternal Health Task Force, Management and Development for Health, and The Lancet Editor sincerely regret the omission of midwives in the manifesto. The correction has now been made.
We want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the critical role midwives play in maternal health. Midwives are key to improving women's health and wellbeing through pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond.
Additionally, in response to Harry Strulovici's concerns, we heartily agree that working with men is key to changing the odds for women. With men's support of women's access and choices in reproductive, maternal, and neonatal health, as well as in the broader context of their lives, progress can be made and sustained that will benefit entire families.
As the global community defines the next set of development goals, the need to work with men is a given.
We declare that we have no conflicts of interest.
A manifesto for maternal health post-2015
Lancet, 381 (2013), pp. 601–602