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Making the Case for Mothers: Improving Lives Through Policy
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Author(s): Tewodros Bekele, Annmarie Leadman, Carol Miller, Nicole Perales, Andrew Zapfel

Primary Language: English

Date: 5/7/2015


There have been remarkable improvements in the maternal health over the last 25 years but disparities remain. In June 2014, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) documented its vision for maternal health in Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality: USAID Maternal Health Vision for Action, which lays out key strategic drivers that impact progress. Improving the health policy process has never been more important than in today’s increasingly complex, resource-constrained environment. Advocacy and accountability for the adoption of high-impact maternal health policies and interventions must be at the center of health systems and health service delivery improvements. Overcoming inequitable access to health services demands advocacy and social participation from local communities, as well as the meaningful engagement of global and national groups, including the private sector, who influence health policy decisions. This brief outlines how USAID investments in health policy, governance, finance, and advocacy contribute to ending preventable maternal mortality.

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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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