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[Comment] Maternal health: time for a radical reappraisal

It is tempting to see progress towards better maternal health in linear terms. If only, the argument goes, one could scale up evidence-based interventions and policies in all countries for all women, maternal mortality would fall and maternal health would advance. The past year has shown the desperate fallacy in this argument. The mortal dangers and uncertainties faced by millions of women and young mothers who find themselves in the midst of conflict-induced displacement across large parts of the Middle East, Africa, and Europe prove that such idealised notions of progress are little more than a comforting myth.

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