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On September 28th, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution reaffirming the importance of addressing maternal mortality and morbidity, and calling for direct action to save mothers’ lives. The resolution calls for the development of practical guidance, through an expert workshop, to assist States, the United Nations system and all stakeholders in applying human-rights based frameworks to programmes and policies aimed at preventing maternal death and disability.
This expert workshop will be open to government bodies, regional organisations, relevant UN agencies and civil society organisations, and will incorporate recommendations from the report developed by the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health.
All language editions of the resolutions are available here (the letters on the right under “Documents” refer to the different languages)
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Over a quarter of a million women and three million newborn babies die each year in pregnancy and childbirth or soon afterwards, the majority of them in Africa and South Asia. For every woman who dies at least twenty more suffer complications which leave them with lifelong disability and pain.
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