World health report

Executive summary

Health of women

WHO cooperates with countries in implementing national plans for safe motherhood and has data banks on related subjects which are a source of up-to-date information and contribute to the development and maintenance of standards and normative guidelines. In 1996 WHO's midwifery education modules for health workers were field-tested and were already in use in a number of countries. The Organization gave technical support to research projects aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with childbirth.

In 1996 WHO held a consultation on violence against women and carried out a multicountry study on the prevalence, health consequences and risk factors of such violence, especially in the family.