This report summarizes the proceedings of a meeting on essential obstetric care (EOC) convened by the Population Council on behalf of the Inter-Agency Group for Safe Motherhood (IAG). This technical meeting was held to clarify the definition of EOC, bridge the gap between research and program planning, and stimulate field-level activity. The president of the Population Council closed and summarized the meeting by noting that the IAG is making progress, but that work remains to be done. Progress will begin to occur more rapidly when we are able to prove that lives have been saved and to state definitively that an intervention package has worked. She noted that in order to improve women's health, we need to step up global advocacy and enable the world's women to become advocates for their own health; translate our wisdom into the vernacular; and to pledge to make our research as relevant, rapid, and accessible as possible.
Issues in essential obstetric care, Robert H. Ebert Program on Critical Issues in Reproductive Health Publication Series. New York: Population Council, 1996.
Robert H. Ebert Program on Critical Issues in Reproductive Health