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Maternal health in the Arab World: priorities and policy implications

Jocelyn DeJong, American University of Beirut
Manal Benkirane, Association de Lutte Contre le Sida (ALCS)
Huda Zurayk, American University of Beirut

This paper reviews maternal health indicators for Arab countries in the context of a larger reproductive health framework, and with reference to trends in the overall burden of disease. A critical analysis is undertaken of interventions and policies in Arab countries aimed at improving maternal health over the past two decades, with special focus on Morocco. Emphasis is given to the social determinants of maternal health. Policy implications are considered for improving maternal health in the Arab World.

Presented in Session 104: Maternal health in the Arab world