Maternal and perinatal mortality reduction has remained a priority on
the international health agenda for nearly 2 decades. During this time,
strategies for achieving these goals have shifted in emphasis from
prevention of pregnancies to provision of care. Robust evidence is
limited, particularly regarding what works best in delivering care in
specific health system settings and at the population level.
We describe the limited evidence base using a framework that highlights
the consequences of the major gaps in measurement, evidence, and action,
and we discuss existing opportunities for bridging these gaps at the
policy level. Capitalizing on current global policy interests and
generating demand-driven evidence is a priority for enabling
documentation of progress toward reaching the United Nations Millennium
Development Goals for 2015.
Ethics in public health research: minding the gaps: a reassessment of the challenges to safe motherhood. American Journal of Public Health, 97 (6), 978-983. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2005.073692
Ethics in public health research: minding the gaps: a reassessment of the challenges to safe motherhood.