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Table of Contents: Sub-Saharan Africa's Mothers, Newborns, and Children

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In June and July 2010, PLoS Medicine published a series of articles on maternal, newborn, and child health in sub-Saharan Africa. The series provides a snapshot of the health and causes of death among the region's mothers and children, reviews evidence-based solutions, and identifies high-impact opportunities for reducing maternal and child mortality.

In the first article, Joy Lawn and colleagues outline where and why deaths among mothers and children occur and provide new data on the current coverage, quality, and equity in health interventions to prevent these deaths. In the second paper, Robert Black and colleagues report on a priority setting analysis for 42 countries and indicate which interventions should be implemented to save mothers' and children's lives now. These two articles and an Editorial arguing that action on maternal health must include women's reproductive and sexual health were published to coincide with the Pacific Health Summit held in London, England 22-24 June 2010.

Three Essays were commissioned to accompany the first two articles. Sara Bennett and Freddie Ssengooba examine the challenges of getting science into policy in Africa, while Valerie Snewin and colleagues discuss the challenges of implementation and building research capacity in sub-Saharan Africa. In the final article in the series, Igor Rudan and colleagues discuss various priority-setting tools for health care and research that can help develop evidence-based policy in maternal, newborn, and child health.

Editorial

Maternal Health: Time to Deliver

The PLoS Medicine Editors

Essays

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