Parliamentarians take action for maternal and newborn health

26-28 November 2008

The Hague & Geneva, 26 November 2008 - Every minute somewhere in the world a woman dies due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth, amounting to more than half a million maternal deaths per year. In order to mobilize parliaments to address this situation, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the World Health Organization (WHO)- (Department of Making Pregnancy Safer) and the Parliament of the Netherlands (Staten-General) have jointly organized a three-day conference on the theme of Maternal and Newborn Health and Survival in The Hague (Netherlands), in the presence of HRH Princess Máxima of the Netherlands.

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