Mary Renfrew is to chair the World Health
Organizations committee for maternal
and newborn health, responsible for setting
priorities for the WHOs work for the
next six years to reduce the very high rates
of maternal and neonatal death and illness,
particularly in developing countries.
a million women still die of pregnancy and
childbirth every year, with over seven million
babies either stillborn or dying before they
are a week old. Professor Renfrew said: We
are committed to the goal that all women,
wherever they live, should have skilled and
appropriate care in pregnancy and birth.