Human Rights-Based Approaches to Maternal Mortality Reduction Efforts

Author: IIMMHR

CoverWhat exactly does a human rights approach to maternal mortality reduction efforts involve?

What's the value-added?

By drawing on lessons learned from our field projects in India, Kenya, and Peru, this briefing paper helps maternal health advocates answer these questions.

IIMMHR embarked on three in-country field projects from October 2008 to October 2009 in order to increase understanding of how to integrate human rights principles and approaches into maternal mortality reduction efforts at the national and local levels.

Our projects in India, Kenya, and Peru highlight the positive experiences of applying a human rights-based approach to maternal mortality reduction efforts, and further demonstrate valuable lessons learned--in line with the UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Preventable Maternal Mortality and Morbidity and Human Rights and the subsequent Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on preventable maternal mortality and morbidity and human rights--from which others may build.

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