This chapter examines a campaign by Mexican NGOs to make government take maternal mortality more seriously and provide the leadership, programmatic changes and funding necessary to reduce it. In spite of the difficulties presented by an adverse and complex environment, the campaign was largely successful in achieving its short-term goals and making progress towards the ultimate goal of reducing the maternal mortality rate. This chapter examines the impact and limitations of citizen engagement in modifying public policy. It highlights the conditions under which citizen activism can contribute to the formulation and implementation of national policies that have a positive impact on the poor, and some of the trade-offs involved in such efforts.
Owing to copyright restrictions, only the first 3 pages are attached, together with a link to the book at Zed Books.
Layton, M. D.; Campillo Carrete, B.; Ablanedo Terrazas, I.; Sanchez Rodriguez, A. M. Reducing maternal mortality in Mexico: building vertical alliances for change. In: Citizen Action and National Policy Reform: Making Change Happen. J. Gaventa and R. McGee (Eds.). Zed Books, London, UK (2010) ISBN 9781848133853 (Hardback)