New and underutilised technologies to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity: what progress have we made since Bellagio 2003?
Article first published online: 12 DEC 2008
© 2008 Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) Journal compilation © RCOG 2008 BJOG An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Special Issue: Emerging Technologies in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Volume 116, Issue 2, pages 247–256, January 2009
How to Cite
Tsu, V. and Coffey, P. (2009), New and underutilised technologies to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity: what progress have we made since Bellagio 2003?. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 116: 247–256. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2008.02046.x
- Issue published online: 12 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 12 DEC 2008
- Accepted 17 October 2008.
- Developing countries;
- maternal morbidity and mortality;
In 2003, maternal health experts met in Bellagio, to consider new and underutilised technologies vital to pregnancy-related health services in low-resource settings. Five years later, we examine what progress has been made and what new opportunities may be on the horizon. Based on a review of literature and consultation with experts, we consider technologies addressing the five leading causes of maternal mortality: postpartum haemorrhage, eclampsia, obstructed labour, puerperal sepsis, and unsafe abortion (pregnancy termination and miscarriage). In addition, we consider technologies related to obstetric fistula, which has received more attention in recent years.