Dying to give birth: the Pakistan Liaison Committee’s strategies to improve maternal health in Pakistan

Authors


GK Siddiqui, Royal Free & University College Medical Schools, London, UK. Email ghaznas@aol.com

Abstract

Please cite this paper as: Siddiqui G, Hussein R, Dornan J. Dying to give birth: the Pakistan Liaison Committee’s strategies to improve maternal health in Pakistan. BJOG 2011; 118 (Suppl. 2): 96–99.

Pakistan has one of the worst maternal mortality ratios worldwide: 260–490 women die for every 100 000 live births in Pakistan. The Pakistan Liaison Group (PLG) was formed to work with and through the international office of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). It works with the RCOG representative committee in Pakistan to improve the health of women. It aims to contribute to improving maternal morbidity and mortality through strategies directed at improving the education and training of health professionals. In addition, the PLG aims to promote changes in the legislature to allow for the notification of maternal deaths so that accurate figures can be obtained, and so that health parameters can be accurately assessed and, in the long term, a confidential enquiry into maternal deaths can be initiated.

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