Evidence to the Enquiry on Maternal Morbidity

Realising Rights has responded to the call from the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health for evidence on the topic of maternal morbidity.

The group invited submissions from interested organisations and individuals with relevant experience and expertise – especially from developing countries. They were particularly interested in receiving submissions, including country case studies, which address the following issues:

  • Unwanted pregnancies
  • Unsafe abortions
  • Prolonged obstructed labours - obstetric fistula
  • Eclampsia and pre eclampsia  
  • Haemorrhage and anaemia
  • Infections including HIV
  • Postnatal depression

Our submission (pdf) concentrated on three main areas: the urgent need to put in place interventions and services to prevent unwanted pregnancies and improve sexual and reproductive health, research findings on the costs associated with unsafe abortions and information on the scale of the problem of congenital syphilis and entry points for improving action in this area.

Our colleagues in the Reproductive Health and Research Team at WHO (pdf) also focussed their evidence on congenital syphilis.

Realising Rights partner the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (pdf) also submitted evidence that covered the measurement of morbidity, unwanted pregnancy, unsafe abortion, malaria and postnatal depression.

A full list of submissions can be found on the website of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health.