Maternal health post-2015

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The Lancet, 2013, 381 (9879), pp. 1717 - 1718
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We welcome the publication of the manifesto for maternal health post-2015 (Feb 23, p 601).1 Implementation of the steps outlined in this manifesto would result in substantive improvements in maternal and neonatal health. At the Global Maternal Health Conference (Arusha, Tanzania), Richard Horton gave specific attention to skilled workers, especially midwives and those providing midwifery services. But in the published manifesto,1 it has been replaced by the fully trained front-line worker, a phrase open to broad interpretation. Midwifery is essential for maternal and neonatal survival and health.25 Without its explicit inclusion in international and national strategies, the actions needed to decrease morbidity and mortality will be hard to implement fully, or, in some cases, at all. We declare that we have no conflicts of interest.
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