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WHO's Great Expectations

Friday, March 25, 2005

I read about the World Health Organization's Great Expectations project in today's Toronto Star. It ties in with World Health Day on April 7th. The focus of this year's World Health Day is maternal and child health.

The Great Expectations project is spotlighting the pregnancy, childbirth, and early mothering experiences of six women in countries around the world. The project home page explains:

These are six unique stories, but they reflect a common theme – the central importance of maternal and child health to our families, communities and societies.
In a world where more than half a million women die in pregnancy and childbirth every year and where four million newborns each year do not survive beyond one month, these documentaries aim to raise awareness of the challenges we face as a global community in improving maternal and newborn health. They also draw attention to the pressing need to meet the Millennium Development Goals of reducing maternal deaths by three quarters, and reducing child mortality by two thirds by 2015.

All six mothers gave their consent for these photographs to be taken and published by WHO.

While you're at the World Health Organization (WHO) website, you may want to explore some of the other reproductive health resources that have been developed by the WHO, including the highly comprehensive guide to Managing Complications in Pregnancy and Childbirth for doctors and midwives and the maternal and newborn health page, which spells out best practices in prenatal, postnatal and infant health care.

| posted by Ann D @ 1:00 PM