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Dr. Christopher J.L. Murray, Institute Director

Dr. Murray presented IHME’s latest research on maternal mortality estimates which showed the decline of maternal deaths over the past three decades to be much more dramatic than previously documented. Dr. Murray’s panel focused on what these findings mean in the context of tracking achievement of Millennium Development Goal 5, which calls for reducing the maternal mortality ratio by three quarters between 1990 and 2015.  The findings were included in IHME’s new report, Building Momentum: Global Progress Toward Reducing Maternal and Child Mortality, launched at the conference.

Dr. Rafael Lozano, Professor of Global Health

Dr. Lozano joined other presenters to discuss the best practices to improve health delivery in low-resource settings. Dr. Lozano focused on lessons learned from Mexican Health Reform as part of his discussion on financing that strengthens health systems in an effort to reduce maternal mortality.

About the conference

Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization uniting for policy initiatives that will lower the number of maternal deaths, attracted over 3,400 advocates, policymakers, development leaders, health care professionals, advocates, and media representatives from 146 countries to their 2010 Conference. Women Deliver highlighted the current achievements and new opportunities for women and children’s health around the world. This event set the stage for a summer filled with events devoted to addressing the major challenges facing maternal and child health improvement, culminating with the G8 Summit. More information about the conference is available at the Women Deliver website.