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The Effects of Removing User Fees on Access to Life-saving Maternal Health Services: The Case of Caesareans in Mali

Marianne El-Khoury, Health Systems 20/20
38th Annual International Conference on Global Health in Washington, D.C.


June 22, 2011

One of the highest maternal mortality ratios in sub Saharan Africa, at 464 (DHS 2006) per 100,000 live births and less than 50 percent of women give birth in a health facility. Reducing maternal and neonatal mortality is a priority for the government of Mali. There is a need to strengthen ongoing initiatives for achievement of MDGs.