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Final Day Of Global Maternal Health Conference Focuses On Human Rights

In her last report from the Second Global Maternal Health Conference in Arusha, Tanzania, Jocalyn Clark, senior editor of PLoS Medicine, writes in the PLoS “Speaking of Medicine” blog about the final day of the three-day conference. She describes two sessions she attended focusing on human rights and maternal health. “Ana Langer, co-chair of the Maternal Health Task Force, closed the conference tonight by saying she felt the enthusiasm, passion, evidence, and debates this week left no doubt that ‘the maternal health community is underway and accelerating,’” Clark notes. She adds, “Richard Horton, editor in chief of the Lancet, presented a draft manifesto on maternal health, which will be circulated for comment and input in the coming days, with the aim to publish before March 5 when the next in-depth round of consultations for the post-2015 international targets take place in Botswana” (1/17).