The Safe Motherhood action agenda: priorities for the next decade. Report on the Safe Motherhood Technical Consultation, 18-23 October 1997, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
This document focuses on the achievements of the Safe Motherhood Initiative in its first 10 years of service (1987-97) and presents its priorities for the next decade. The global Safe Motherhood Initiative was launched at an international conference held in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1987. Its aim was to draw attention to the dimensions and consequences of poor maternal health in developing countries, and to mobilize action to address high rates of death and disability caused by the complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Although the Initiative was able to accomplish many things in its first decade of service, much remains to be done. Thus, the co-sponsors of the Safe Motherhood Initiative convened a global meeting in October 1997 to review key lessons learned from the first 10 years of the Initiative, articulate a clear consensus on the most effective strategies, and map out a plan for mobilizing country-level action to implement these strategies. The agenda of the meeting was structured around 10 key "action messages" that had been defined by the Safe Motherhood Inter-Agency Group in consultation with experts in the field.