Stillbirths: Ending preventable deaths by 2030

de Bernis, Luc, Kinney, Mary V., Stones, William, ten Hoope-Bender, Petra, Vivio, Donna, Hopkins Leisher, Susannah, Bhutta, Zulfiqar A., Gulmezoglu, Metin, Mathai, Matthews, Belizan, Jose M, Franco, Lynne, McDougall, Lori, Zeitlin, Jennifer, Malata, Address, Dickson, Kim E and Lawn, Joy E (2016) Stillbirths: Ending preventable deaths by 2030. The Lancet, 387 10019: 703-716. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00954-X


Author de Bernis, Luc
Kinney, Mary V.
Stones, William
ten Hoope-Bender, Petra
Vivio, Donna
Hopkins Leisher, Susannah
Bhutta, Zulfiqar A.
Gulmezoglu, Metin
Mathai, Matthews
Belizan, Jose M
Franco, Lynne
McDougall, Lori
Zeitlin, Jennifer
Malata, Address
Dickson, Kim E
Lawn, Joy E
Title Stillbirths: Ending preventable deaths by 2030
Journal name The Lancet   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1474-547X
0140-6736
Publication date 2016-02-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00954-X
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 387
Issue 10019
Start page 703
End page 716
Total pages 14
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Lancet Publishing Group
Language eng
Subject 2700 Medicine
Abstract Efforts to achieve the new worldwide goals for maternal and child survival will also prevent stillbirth and improve health and developmental outcomes. However, the number of annual stillbirths remains unchanged since 2011 and is unacceptably high: an estimated 2.6 million in 2015. Failure to consistently include global targets or indicators for stillbirth in post-2015 initiatives shows that stillbirths are hidden in the worldwide agenda. This Series paper summarises findings from previous papers in this Series, presents new analyses, and proposes specific criteria for successful integration of stillbirths into post-2015 initiatives for women's and children's health. Five priority areas to change the stillbirth trend include intentional leadership; increased voice, especially of women; implementation of integrated interventions with commensurate investment; indicators to measure effect of interventions and especially to monitor progress; and investigation into crucial knowledge gaps. The post-2015 agenda represents opportunities for all stakeholders to act together to end all preventable deaths, including stillbirths.
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Efforts to achieve the new worldwide goals for maternal and child survival will also prevent stillbirth and improve health and developmental outcomes. However, the number of annual stillbirths remains unchanged since 2011 and is unacceptably high: an estimated 2·6 million in 2015. Failure to consistently include global targets or indicators for stillbirth in post-2015 initiatives shows that stillbirths are hidden in the worldwide agenda. This Series paper summarises findings from previous papers in this Series, presents new analyses, and proposes specific criteria for successful integration of stillbirths into post-2015 initiatives for women's and children's health. Five priority areas to change the stillbirth trend include intentional leadership; increased voice, especially of women; implementation of integrated interventions with commensurate investment; indicators to measure effect of interventions and especially to monitor progress; and investigation into crucial knowledge gaps. The post-2015 agenda represents opportunities for all stakeholders to act together to end all preventable deaths, including stillbirths.
Keyword Stillbirth
Health Priorities
Community Care
Health care access
Medical research
Intrapartum care
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID 001
Institutional Status UQ

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