The Alliance for Maternal Health Equality has just issued invitations to their event – a breakfast discussion – called ‘Deliver on Maternal Rights.’
It will take place on Tuesday 29th September 2015 under the championship of Ms Mariya Gabriel (MEP, Vice-Chair of the EPP Group), at the European Parliament on 29 September 2015.
It’s going to be a key event during Safe Motherhood Week and we’re really looking forward to it. They plan to launch their Manifesto, and take the first steps towards a Call to Action to policy makers to deliver more on maternal rights.
We’ll feature more about the event in the next few weeks, but in the meantime here is how they describe the challenge that we are facing:
As health systems in Europe are failing to deliver on universal access to high quality maternal healthcare for women, regardless of their nationality or background, it is crucial to address this unmet need from a policy dimension. From an EU perspective, the issue of maternal health equality is currently being tackled by the European Commission as part of its health inequalities as well as its resilient health systems agenda. Furthermore, as maternal health inequalities are often touching upon other policies (childcare, migration, inequality), it is important to also take into consideration the way this issue spills over into the rest of the EU discourse, for example through the holistic approach to migration currently discussed in the EP’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE). Of course, maternal health is an issue that extends beyond the European dimension to a global health perspective, especially in light of the International Year of Development & the Sustainable Development Goals.