Lancet to Launch Maternal Health Series September 18 at UN General Assembly in New York

This Sunday, the Lancet will launch it’s new Maternal Health Series at a United Nations General Assembly event in New York City. The series synthesises the last decade of evidence on maternal health worldwide and champions vital action on the path to 2030.

Amy Boldosser-Boesch, Senior Director of the FCI Program of MSH, has co-authored a comment on “Quality, equity, and dignity for women and babies” for the series. Boldosser-Boesch will join a panel of international maternal health experts at Sunday’s Lancet event in New York City event, along with Professor Oona Campbell, Series co-lead, Professor Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, for a discussion of the series and its implications in the Sustainable Development Goal era.

“You see the presence of skilled attendants during a birth was about 56% in 1990, and 68% in 2012. We see that going up, but why do we still have these gaps, and what is it going to take us to get that last mile? That is trickier to measure”, said Boldosser-Boesch, in a report on “Challenges for maternal health efforts” also included in the series. “We are coming to the stickier issues around respect, or disrespect, and what is preventing those last women who don’t deliver in a facility or don’t have access to prenatal care. Is it inequality in the country, is it lack of care when they get there?”

The Lancet Maternal Health Series Global Launch will be held on Sunday, September 18, from 2:30–4:30pm at the Westin Grand Central Ballroom, Third Floor, 212 East 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10017.

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