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A systematic review of the Robson Classification for caesarean section: What works, doesn’t work and how to improve it

Surgeons preparing patient for cesarean section

Caesarean section rates continue to increase worldwide, particularly in middle- and high-income countries without evidence indicating substantial maternal and perinatal benefits from the increase and some studies showing negative consequences for maternal and neonatal health. The lack of a standardized internationally-accepted classification system to monitor and compare CS rates in a consistent and action oriented manner is one of the factors that has hindered a better understanding of this trend.


New Maternal Mortality Estimates report steady progress, more work needed

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New estimates for maternal mortality analysed by a United Nations Interagency group led by WHO show a 45% reduction in maternal deaths, from 523 000 in 1990 to an estimated 289 000 in 2013. Country-level estimates show that while 11 countries with high levels of maternal mortality in 1990 are on track to reach the Millennium Development Goal target of a 75% reduction in maternal mortality by 2015, many other low- and middle-income countries will not achieve this goal.


Global causes of maternal death

A new WHO study, published today in The Lancet Global Health, adds new knowledge about the global causes of maternal death. A WHO systematic analysis, finds that more than 1 in 4 maternal deaths are caused by medical conditions such as diabetes, HIV, malaria and obesity, which can all be aggravated by pregnancy. This is similar to the proportion of deaths during pregnancy and childbirth from severe bleeding—previously cited as the main cause of maternal deaths.


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Technical Support to Accelerate Introduction of New Safe and Effective HIV Prevention Products for Women (Microbicides)

Knowledge to action (or implementation) seed grants: to support adaptation and implementation of WHO maternal and perinatal clinical practice guidelines in low- and middle-income countries

WHO and ICPD beyond 2014

Contributing to redefining the global agenda in sexual and reproductive health and an opportunity for the global community to address remaining challenges.