Each year still close to 300,000 women unnecessarily die trying to give birth—a staggering number that ensures the Millennium Development Goal on maternal mortality will regrettably not be met. However, important progress has been made: considerable reductions in maternal deaths globally and in specific locations have been achieved, and the most cost-effective interventions to prevent and successfully manage all major causes of maternal morbidity and mortality (including good nutrition, access to contraception, skilled attendance at delivery, and emergency obstetric care) have been identified. With new global pledges and a more reliable scientific understanding of what it takes to prevent deaths and disability among women and children worldwide, the time to accelerate progress to achieve maternal health goals is now.
Vexing our road to success, however, is the continued lack of access to knowledge on maternal health in many settings, which is a major limitation to all of human development. The Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) at the Harvard School of Public Health is concerned that the chasm between those who have access to information on maternal health and those who do not will widen. The MHTF's overarching goal is access: more people should have greater access to more comprehensive maternal health data, programmatic experiences and lessons learned, and to be informed about critical areas of debate and growing consensus. In order to achieve the goal of greater access, the MHTF is collaborating with PLOS to create a freely available, open access collection of published research and commentary on maternal health care: the MHTF-PLOS Collection on Maternal Health.
The MHTF-PLOS partnership is for three years. Each year the collection will have a different focus, and in 2011-2012 the theme was "quality of maternal health care."
Below you will find our November 29, 2011 editorial and Call for Papers, plus the 19 original articles comprising the Year 1 Collection.
Regular updates on the MHTF-PLOS partnership and the theme for Year 2 (2012-13) are available at the main Collection page: www.ploscollections.org/maternalhealth
PLOS Medicine: published 29 Nov 2011 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.1001134
PLOS Medicine: published 15 Jan 2013 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.1001368
PLOS Medicine: published 07 Aug 2012 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.1001282
PLOS Medicine: published 01 May 2012 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.1001211
PLOS Medicine: published 13 Nov 2012 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.1001340
PLOS Medicine: published 09 Oct 2012 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.1001324
PLOS ONE: published 26 Oct 2012 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0048259
PLOS ONE: published 12 Oct 2012 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0047153
PLOS ONE: published 04 Oct 2012 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0046475
PLOS ONE: published 17 Sep 2012 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0044931
PLOS ONE: published 04 Sep 2012 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0044484
PLOS ONE: published 31 Aug 2012 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0044536
PLOS ONE: published 27 Aug 2012 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0042700
PLOS Medicine: published 21 Aug 2012 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.1001295
PLOS ONE: published 03 Aug 2012 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0042333
PLOS Medicine: published 24 Jul 2012 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.1001272
PLOS Medicine: published 10 Jul 2012 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.1001264
PLOS Medicine: published 03 Jul 2012 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.1001257
PLOS ONE: published 18 May 2012 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0037037
PLOS ONE: published 16 May 2012 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0035151