This paper aims to build understanding as to why gender and social exclusion 'matter' to maternal and newborn health. Specifically, it aims to provide a brief overview of the gender and social inequalities in Pakistan; and explore how these influence health policy and planning; delivery of maternal and newborn health services; and women's ability to exercise choice and control over the decisions that affect their well-being. The paper is based on a review of literature from Pakistan and, to a lesser extent, other South Asian contexts, and aims to present the evidence that illustrates the impact of the various social and political dynamics that affect maternal and newborn health.
Khan, S. Poverty, gender inequality and social exclusion and their impact on maternal and newborn health in Pakistan. A briefing paper. Maternal and Newborn Health Programme Research and Advocacy Fund (RAF), Pakistan (2012) 62 pp.