The role of professional associations in reducing maternal mortality worldwide

J. Chamberlain, R. McDonagh, A. Lalonde, S. Arulkumaran

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The death of hundreds of thousands of women due to pregnancy-related complications casts a shadow over the modern obstetrical world. This paper examines the potential roles and responsibilities of professional obstetrical and midwifery associations in addressing this tolerated tragedy of maternal deaths. We examine the successes and challenges of obstetrical and midwifery associations and encourage the growth and development of active associations to address maternal mortality within their own borders. Professional associations can play a vital role in the reduction of maternal mortality worldwide. Their roles include lobbying for women's health and rights, setting standards of practice, raising awareness and team building. Associations from developed countries can influence and strengthen their colleagues within developing countries; for example, the FIGO Save the Mothers initiative. Professional associations should be encouraged to play an active role in reducing maternal mortality within their own country and abroad.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-102
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2003


  • Human rights
  • Maternal mortality
  • Professional associations

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