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The failure to enjoy safe motherhood can be a terrible burden for affected mothers and families, as well as society at large. Despite this, there is now good evidence to show that providing effective access to quality maternal services and referral care can reduce substantially the burden of maternal ill-health and mortality. Sri Lanka, together with Malaysia, have been recognised as examples of international best practice in showing how maternal mortality can be reduced in even the poorest countries. IHP staff can provide a unique combination of perspectives on this, based not only direct involvement in Sri Lanka's maternal services, but also in the assessment of their performance. IHP aims to build on this experience and expertise by expanding the evidence base on what works in maternal health, sharing that knowledge and Sri Lanka's experience with others, and supporting the constant effort to improve maternal health indicators in Sri Lanka itself.
Current research programme
IHP current work is focused on exploring determinants of maternal health in regional countries, and in acting as a resource centre to share Sri Lanka's experiences with other countries.
Our current research includes:
- Work with the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health to analyze determinants of access to skilled birth attendance in regional countries.
- Support for regional visitors who want to learn about Sri Lanka's success in reducing materal mortality.