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Maternal mortality represents a major global health challenge. Millennium Development Goal 5 (MDG 5) set a range of targets pertaining to maternal mortality and universal access to reproductive health care. While the realization of these targets seems unlikely, cost-effective population-level approaches in combination with evidence-based interventions targeting the acute management of the major causes of maternal mortality present the potential for considerable progress as the 2015 deadline approaches.

Original publication




Journal article


Health Care Women Int

Publication Date





901 - 916


Developed Countries, Developing Countries, Female, Global Health, Health Promotion, Healthy People Programs, Humans, International Cooperation, Maternal Health Services, Maternal Mortality, Maternal Welfare, Pregnancy, Women's Health