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close this bookMother-Baby Package: Implementing Safe Motherhood in Countries (WHO - OMS, 1996, 108 p.)
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View the documentGlossary
View the documentAcknowledgements
View the documentMessage from the Director-General
View the documentPreface
View the documentExecutive summary
Open this folder and view contentsWHY the Mother-Baby Package?
Open this folder and view contentsWHAT is the Mother-Baby Package?
Open this folder and view contentsHOW to operationalize the Mother-Baby Package
View the documentANNEX 1 - ESSENTIAL DRUGS LIST FOR MOTHER-BABY PACKAGE
View the documentANNEX 2 - EQUIPMENT LIST FOR MOTHER-BABY PACKAGE AT EACH LEVEL
View the documentANNEX 3 - DEFINITIONS1
View the documentEvaluation form
View the documentResources for Reproductive Health

Resources for Reproductive Health

The Division of Reproductive Health (Technical Support) has developed, and continues to develop, a variety of resources designed to diseminate information, build awareness and offer expertise and practical strategies necessary to improve reproductive health around the world. Family planning, safe motherhood and reproductive tract infections are the three main areas of focus with the type of information ranging from listings of available data, through practical guides to strategies for national planning for reproductive health.

The resources available include priced publications, documents and videos as well as some documents and the Safe Motherhood newsletter which are distributed free of charge. For more information on obtaining resources, please contact us at the appropriate address given below:

For information about resources available free of charge, or for a free subscription to the Safe Motherhood newsletter, contact:

Document Centre
Division of Reproductive Health (Technical Support)
World Health Organization
1211 Geneva 27
Switzerland

Fax: (+41 22)791 4189
email: reproductivehealth@who.ch

For a free catalogue of priced publications and documents, contact:

World Health Organization Publications
Distribution and Sales
1211 Geneva 27
Switzerland

Fax: (+41 22)791 4857
email: publications@who.ch

Complications arising during pregnancy and childbirth cause the deaths of half a million every year, the vast majority in the developing world. Over 4 million newborn babies die each year, most of them as a result of poorly managed pregnancies and deliveries. Millions more women and babies suffer debilitating and life-long consequences of ill-health.

The World Health Organization seeks to alleviate the burden of suffering borne by women, children and families, through its Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood Programme which seeks to reduce levels of maternal and neonatal mortality and ill-health significantly by the year 2000.

The Organization’s activities fall into four main areas:

· technical cooperation with countries in planning, implementing, managing and evaluating national safe motherhood and newborn care programmes;

· epidemiological research into levels and causes of maternal and neonatal mortality and operational research on cost-effective ways of reducing deaths and disabilities;

· strengthening human resources for the provision of essential obstetric care, including development of standard treatment and management protocols, programme planning guidelines and training materials;

· production of advocacy materials and collection, analysis and dissemination of information to provide scientifically sound data on the nature and dimensions of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity and how change can be brought about.


If you would like to know more about the WHO Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood Programme, write to:

Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood Programme
Division of Family Health
World Health Organization
1211 Geneva 27
Switzerland