Resources on Faith, Ethics and Public Life

Maternal Mortality

As one of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, maternal mortality remains a critical concern in the developing community, with international aims to reduce maternal mortality by three-quarters before 2015. The gap between the current status and the goal is the most dramatic of the MDGs and is a persistent problem important to the health and gender sectors in development. Religious actors are prominent providers of health services and education in many developing regions. Faith-inspired organizations and faith communities educate local populations and assist in developing technologies to reduce maternal mortality. They draw on a broad network of institutions and produce a holistic approach to care. These resources highlight regionally and religiously diverse efforts to reduce maternal mortality. The essays, organizations, programs, events, and publications included offer a range of faith-inspired angles from which to approach the issue. The resources are part of an ongoing initiative focused on religion and global development sponsored by the Luce Foundation.

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