This fact sheet summarizes the key components of the 2009 Human Rights Council resolution on maternal mortality, and outlines key steps that advocates, governments, and donors can take to encourage its implementation.
"Unless India actually counts all the women who die because of childbirth, it won't be able to prevent those thousands of unnecessary deaths. Accountability might seem like an abstract concept, but for Indian women it's a matter of life and death."
At the invitation of the Indian government, the Special Rapporteur on the right to health visited India in late 2007.
The mission focused on the issue of maternal mortality with a view to understanding, in the context of the right to the highest attainable standard of health, the steps taken by India to reduce this phenomenon, and to make constructive recommendations.
This note provides some preliminary observations arising from the mission.