Table of Contents: June 2010

A shocking and intolerable number of women die or are disabled each year trying to give birth- more than 10 million women according to the WHO, 99% of whom are in developing countries. In an Editorial linked to a new series on maternal, neonatal, and child health in Africa, the PLoS Medicine editors argue that maternal health policies must recognize the full spectrum of women's sexual and reproductive health for improvements in maternal health to be realized. The goal of the series is to identify scientific interventions and accelerate actions that are tailored and specific to sub-Saharan Africa. Based on consultations with 60 scientists and policy makers from nine countries and using local and national data, the series updates the current status of maternal and child health in the region, reviews evidence based solutions, and identifies high-impact opportunities for reducing maternal and child mortality.

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Health in Action

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Solomon Nwaka, Tshinko B. Ilunga, Jorge Santos Da Silva, Emiliano Rial Verde, Doan Hackley, Raymond De Vré, Tom Mboya-Okeyo, Robert G. Ridley

Policy Forums

Sub-Saharan Africa's Mothers, Newborns, and Children: Where and Why Do They Die?

Mary V. Kinney, Kate J. Kerber, Robert E. Black, Barney Cohen, Francis Nkrumah, Hoosen Coovadia, Paul Michael Nampala, Joy E. Lawn, on behalf of the Science in Action: Saving the lives of Africa's mothers, newborns, and children working group

Sub-Saharan Africa's Mothers, Newborns, and Children: How Many Lives Could Be Saved with Targeted Health Interventions?

Ingrid K. Friberg, Mary V. Kinney, Joy E. Lawn, Kate J. Kerber, M. Oladoyin Odubanjo, Anne-Marie Bergh, Neff Walker, Eva Weissman, Mickey Chopra, Robert E. Black, on behalf of the Science in Action: Saving the lives of Africa's mothers, newborns, and children working group

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Simon I. Hay, Emelda A. Okiro, Peter W. Gething, Anand P. Patil, Andrew J. Tatem, Carlos A. Guerra, Robert W. Snow

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