Highlights and Key Messages from the World Health Organization’s 2015 Global Recommendations
Bacterial infections around the time of childbirth are among the leading causes of maternal mortality worldwide and account for about one-tenth of the global burden of maternal death. Apart from death, women who experience peripartum infections are prone to severe morbidity and long-term disabilities such as chronic pelvic pain, fallopian tube blockage, and secondary infertility. Maternal infections before or during childbirth are associated with an estimated 1 million newborn deaths annually. This brief presents highlights of the recommendations including policy and program implications for translating the guidelines into action at the country level.
Number of pages: 6
Publication date: September 2015
WHO reference number: WHO/RHR/15.19 - WHO/MCA/ 15.01