Developing Countries: Maternity Services

International Development written question – answered on 6th July 2010.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Labour, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development

(1) what steps he plans to take at the forthcoming session of the United Nations General Assembly towards reducing maternal mortality in developing countries;

(2) what steps his Department is taking to reduce levels of maternal mortality in developing countries.

Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell The Secretary of State for International Development

Maternal health is a major priority for the UK Government and an area which the Prime Minister has personally championed. We want to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights, including access to modern family planning methods and promoting women's choice in the developing world. The recent G8 summit has delivered a significant step change in efforts to improve maternal, newborn and child health. The Muskoka Initiative will prevent 1.3 million under five child deaths, 64,000 maternal deaths and enable an additional 12 million women to have access to modern family planning over the period 2010-15.

The UN millennium development goal (MDG) summit in September, with the aim of delivering the UN Secretary-General's joint action plan to improve the health of women and children, will be the next significant milestone. The UK Government remains determined to use such events to continue to drive progress and ensure that the UN delivers improved health outcomes for women and children.

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