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Maternal Deaths

Global Health Initiatives and Local Challenges

Childbirth in South Asia: Old Challenges and New Paradoxes edited by Clémence Jullien and Roger Jeffery, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2021; pp 342, $75 (hardback).

I have known Roger Jeffery and Patricia Jeffery for about three decades, first as scholars whose empirically rich work I read and taught. Later, they were friends whose friendship I value indeed. They were both visiting professors at the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, where I taught for three decades. They lectured in our centre, over the years, on various themes they had researched in a village in Uttar Pradesh (UP). They were, what we called, old India hands. I have had the privilege of working with them over many years, and Roger and I have been partners in a project out of which emerged the wonderful book edited by William Sax and Claudia Lang (2021), The Movement for Global Mental Health: Critical Views from South and Southeast Asia (Amsterdam University Press), among other remarkable publications. We also hosted a workshop together Safe Motherhood Initiatives: Contributions from Small Scale Studies.

Childbirth in South Asia: Old Challenges and New Paradoxes is extremely important because India continues to have an unconscionably high maternal mortality rate, made probably worse during the COVID-19 lockdowns.

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Updated On : 1st Aug, 2022
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