The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is hosting an event today, Learning From Success: Ministers of Health Discuss Accelerating Progress in Maternal Survival, that will bring together Ministers of Health of Afghanistan, Cambodia, the Dominican Republic, and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health of Rwanda to discuss how their countries have achieved significant improvements in maternal health–despite major challenges.
From our colleagues at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars:
Progress towards Millennium Development Goal Five – reduce maternal deaths by three-quarters worldwide – has been the slowest of any, according to the United Nations. Maternal deaths are declining, but not fast enough: every year 350,000 women often die due to preventable causes during childbirth. Greater political willpower is needed if the global maternal health agenda is to move forward.
This discussion will feature the Ministers of Health of Afghanistan, Cambodia, the Dominican Republic, and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Rwanda – countries where there has been tremendous progress in the face of challenge – on the drivers of successful maternal health programs and how such efforts can be accelerated and sustained throughout the developing world.
Learn more about the event and check out the live webcast here.
The event will be held TODAY from 3-5pm EDT at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.