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Maternal Mortality, Human Rights and Accountability

Edited by: Paul Hunt, Tony Gray

ISBN13: 9781138884809
Published: June 2015
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2013)
Price: £39.99
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9780415534581

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Maternal mortality remains one of the highest causes of death in the world today. A fact recognised by the UN Human Rights Council with resolutions aimed at reducing preventable maternal mortality in 2009 and 2010, and as part of the Millennium Development Goals in 2000 which included a commitment by the international community to reduce the maternal mortality ratio by three-quarters between 1990 and 2015. This book focuses on a critically important part of maternal mortality and human rights, that of monitoring, accountability and redress at the local, national and international level.

The book features contributions from an impressive list of researchers, scholars, legal practitioners and activists including: Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe; Paul Hunt; Navanethem Pillay; and Samantha Lobis. Part one on monitoring considers the use of and 'citizenship surveillance', the role of indicators and benchmarks in reducing maternal mortality and the monitoring and analysing health budgets in relation to maternal mortality. The book then goes on to look at accountability exploring the the use of maternal death audits, the role of national and local parliamentary bodies and courts and human rights organizations as well as considering how international accountability for maternal mortality can be strengthened. The book functions as an introduction to some of the key issues on maternal mortality, human rights and accountability, and provides a valuable link between academic debates, discussions at UN and NGO level, and practice on the ground.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Part 1: Prelims Foreword, Navanethem Pillay Preface, Clemens Nathan

Part 2: Introduction
1. Introduction: Maternal Mortality: An Overview, Francisco Songane
2. What do we mean by 'accountability'?, Paul Hunt

Part 3: Monitoring
3. Maternal mortality and 'citizenship surveillance': a Peruvian case study, Ariel Frisancho Arroyo
4. The role of indicators and benchmarks in reducing maternal mortality: a case study on EmOC indicators, Samantha Lobis
5. Monitoring and analysing health budgets in relation to maternal mortality, Helena Hofbauer

Part 4: Accountability
6. What are maternal death audits? A Sri Lankan case study, Hiranthi Wijemanne
7. Maternal death audits: a human rights perspective, Gauri van Gulik
8. The role of national human rights institutions: a Kenyan case study, Winfred Lichuma
9. The role of national and local parliamentary bodies: South Asian experiences, Jashodhara Dasupta
10. The role of national and international courts, Ximena Andion
11. Maternal mortality in USA, Rachel Ward
12. How to strengthen international accountability in relation to maternal mortality?, Sandeep Prasad

Part 5: Conclusions
13. Conclusion, Tony Gray and Judith Bueno de Mesquita
14. Postscript, Mary Robinson