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Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2004 Jun;85 Suppl 1:S83-93.

New and underutilized technologies to reduce maternal mortality: call to action from a Bellagio workshop.

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  • 1Program for Appropriate Technology in Health, 1455 NW Leary Way, Seattle, WA 98107-5136, USA.


Little progress has been made in preventing the more than 500,000 maternal deaths that occur each year. Many new and underutilized technologies can be used to reduce these deaths. In July 2003, maternal health experts from around the world gathered in Bellagio, Italy, to develop a set of priority actions for reducing maternal mortality using proven and promising technologies. To reduce maternal mortality, immediate efforts are needed to accelerate the appropriate use of technologies and to reduce their inequitable distribution. Organizations are called on to commit the necessary human and financial resources to evaluate and document the effectiveness of promising technologies and to scale up and put proven technologies into widespread use to save women's lives.

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