Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Maternal mortality: breaking the silence, joining our voices

Regional meeting of women leaders of Latin America and the Caribbean, Lima, Peru
27-28 May 2010

80 women leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean discussed the necessary actions to reduce maternal mortality in countries at a conference in Lima, Peru
WHO/Marie-Agnes Heine

Women leaders of Latin America and the Caribbean convened in Lima, Peru, to promote urgent action to advance the health of women in the region. The Peruvian Minister of Health, Mr Oscar Ugarte, opened the meeting of 80 women representing governments, international agencies, academia, donors and non-governmental organizations.

The participants agreed on a joint declaration and committed to increase action in countries to improve maternal health and achieve Millennium Development Goal 5 (MDG 5). MDG5 is the goal most lagging behind in the Region.

If countries are to reduce maternal mortality by three quarters, between 1990 and 2015 and achieve universal access to reproductive health by 2015, more political commitment, community participation and financial investment are needed. The conference was organized by the Interagency Task Force for the Reduction of Maternal Mortality (GTR) that has been working to coordinate the efforts of governments and donors to improve maternal health in the Region since 1998.