In 2005, Lebanon ramped up its efforts to measure maternal mortality and reduce its toll. Despite the recent influx of Syrian refugees, these efforts have gone from strength to strength, writes Lea Sacca.
Beginning in 2008 a public health ministry field project, using a methodology agreed upon by gynecologists, public health professionals and family doctors, has helped reduce Lebanon’s maternal mortality rate by more than 75%.
Lebanon is among just a few countries in the Middle East and North Africa capable of reaching the Millennium Development Goal addressing maternal mortality. Its collaborative approach is “a model for many developing countries to follow,” writes Sacca.