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Martha N. Murdock Director, Latin America and the Caribbean Program Family Care International. June 9, 2010. LAC Context. Average maternal health indicators hide broad disparities between and within countries Region with the highest proportion of maternal deaths due to abortion

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Martha N. Murdock

Director, Latin America and the Caribbean Program

Family Care International

June 9, 2010

lac context
LAC Context
  • Average maternal health indicators hide broad disparities between and within countries
  • Region with the highest proportion

of maternal deaths due to abortion

  • Adolescent pregnancy rates higher

than world averages

challenges in lac region
Challenges in LAC Region
  • Dwindling international resources in LAC
  • Reduction in national health

budgets, defunding of

maternal and SR health

  • MM considered a health

sector issue

  • Emerging conservative trends and legislative restrictions to legislation in LAC region
lac regional task force on maternal mortality reduction
LAC Regional Task Force on Maternal Mortality Reduction
  • Promote regional inter-agency collaboration to implement MMR programs and

policies

  • Strengthen inter-agency

collaboration

  • Mobilize high-level commitments
  • Build knowledge on effective

strategies

membership
Membership
  • Founding members (1998) PAHO, UNFPA, UNICEF, IADB, World Bank, USAID, Population Council, Family Care International
  • Expanded Membership (2009) Founding members + ECLAC, ICM, FLASOG, UNESCO, UNIFEM, UNOPS, FIGO + associated agencies
enabling factors for national and regional advocacy on mm shiffman
Enabling Factors for National and Regional Advocacy on MM (Shiffman):
  • Cohesive networks
  • Credible health indicators
  • High-level events that highlight maternal mortality and promote commitment to addressing it
regional task force strategies
Regional Task Force Strategies
  • Develop regional knowledge-sharing platform
  • Focus on prioritized interventions (Regional Strategic Consensus Document)
  • Strengthen information

systems

  • Build new strategic

alliances

  • High-level advocacy
regional conference of women leaders on mdg 5
Regional Conference of Women Leaders on MDG 5
  • Hosted by Regional Task Force on MMR
  • May 27-28, Lima, Peru
  • 70 high-level leaders from 13 countries
  • Sectors: Media, Indigenous networks, Private, Justice, Parliament, Women’s movement, Youth, Technical, Academia
  • Interactive and inter-sectoral exchanges
regional conference outcomes
Regional Conference: Outcomes

Declaration and Commitment: www.conferenciademujereslideres.com

Follow up advocacy through:

  • Country-level replication (ECU, PAR, BOL)
  • Regional network of media professionals
  • Parliamentary network on MMR
  • Positioning of MMR and gender in political agenda of Continental Network of Indigenous Women
next steps
Next Steps
  • Develop and share new messaging strategies
  • Create new venues to position issue
  • Build media network to

share success stories

and build commitment

  • Develop tools and venues

for young people to address

pregnancy prevention

  • Promote social monitoring of

commitments

criteria for successful partnership
Criteria for Successful Partnership
  • Concise mandate
  • Members recognize value added of alliance
  • Roles and responsibilities defined
  • Realistic workplan and monitoring system
  • Commitment by key partners to move work plan forward
  • Resource mobilization capacity
  • Country level linkages