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Most maternal mortality can be prevented using simple tools including comprehensive antenatal care and safe childbirth. Pregnant women with serious clinical conditions in Africa, Asia and tropical South America are frequently there because safety nets aimed at prevention and treatment have failed or do not exist. Collaboration and political will is needed to accelerate the shift from evidenced-based guidelines to provision of integrated, quality, clinical care in obstetrics that leaves no one behind.

Original publication




Book title

Manson's Tropical Diseases, Fourth Edition

Publication Date



1188 - 1204