Preventing Maternal Death in Latin America and the Caribbean: Perspectives from the Caribbean

GTR - Regional Task Force for the Reduction of Maternal Mortality

Every year in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), more than 7,300 women die from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. While there have been significant improvements in maternal health in the region, the large majority of these deaths are preventable.

In 2003, the GTR (Regional Task Force for the Reduction of Maternal Mortality) led a series of regional consultations that resulted in the first Inter-Agency Strategic Consensus for the Reduction of Maternal Morbidity and Mortality in Latin America and the Caribbean. This political declaration served as a reference framework for national maternal mortality reduction plans and policies, and increased synergies between technical and financial partners in the region. With the launch of the SDGs, the GTR updated the Strategic Consensus to reaffirm progress over the last decade and highlight emerging priorities for reducing maternal mortality in LAC. The webinar presented the “Overview of the Situation of Maternal Morbidity and Mortality: Latin America and the Caribbean”, the first part of the Strategic Consensus. The IBP Initiative provided technical support for these webinars.

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