Child and maternal health
Improving child and maternal health is a priority of the millennium development goals, as established by the United Nations member states in 2001. It is predicted that in 2005 almost 11 million children under five years old will die largely from preventable causes, and more than 500 000 women will die in pregnancy, childbirth, or during the postpartum period.
Considering its importance for global health, the World Health Organization has adopted child and maternal health (CMH) as the health theme of the current year. Their webpage (www.who.int/world-health-day/2005/en/) offers a wide range of updated information related to this topic. In particular, the link leading to this year's World Health Report displays very useful and updated information about the progress in improving the health of mothers and children, as well as plans for the near future, which aims to fight this worldwide problem. From the same webpage you can also browse a