[Official recognition of a social problem: maternal mortality in Ecuador]

Correo Poblac Salud. 1997 Sep;5(3):2-6.
[Article in Spanish]


PIP: Ecuador's national campaign to reduce maternal mortality seeks the participation of public and private health institutions, international organizations, the mass media, and the community at large. The plan is supported by several national and international accords. The province of Esmeraldas, with its elevated maternal mortality, will receive particular attention. Existing maternity centers will be strengthened and equipped, and new medical centers will be created in marginal urban and rural areas. Programs to reduce maternal mortality must seek to eliminate the nutritional and maturational precursors of maternal mortality, as well as "the three delays": delay in seeking care, delay in arriving at a health facility, and delay in receiving treatment at the facility. Coordination between levels of care and prioritization of actions in terms of their costs and benefits are important for maximizing impact. A risk focus should be considered to identify areas requiring special attention. The National Assembly should voice its support for long-term development and for attending to the needs of the population.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Americas
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Demography
  • Developing Countries
  • Ecuador
  • Government Programs*
  • Health
  • Health Planning*
  • Health Services
  • Latin America
  • Maternal Health Services*
  • Maternal Mortality*
  • Maternal-Child Health Centers
  • Mortality
  • Organization and Administration
  • Population
  • Population Dynamics
  • Primary Health Care
  • South America