TIME Features Q&A With Lead Author of Report That Found Maternal Death Drop
April 21, 2010
TIME's "Wellness" blog features a Q&A with Christopher Murray, co-author of the recent Lancet study, which found that maternal deaths decreased an estimated 35 percent between 1980 and 2008. In it, Murray describes how the team of researchers generated what he says is a more comprehensive data set than previously achieved in other studies and his interpretation of its most significant findings.
"[A]lthough there's been progress globally, if you look by country ... it's very mixed. You have places like Egypt or Bolivia or China [where the maternal mortality rate has gone down significantly] and then there are other countries where it's actually going up," Murray said. "Understanding that is really important because it means we can learn lessons from where things are improving at a fast pace. What did Egypt do that's right? What did Bolivia do?" Murray also noted that the study captures "the connection between the HIV service agenda and maternal health much stronger than it has been in the past" (O'Callaghan, 4/16).
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