"With the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals, reduction of maternal mortality continues to be a priority, and therefore so does the use of skilled birth attendants at delivery. Low coverage of births by skilled attendants is a major problem in low-income countries. This paper from Togo by Mati and colleagues shows how health financing systems affect this important maternal health indicator. Governments of low- and middle-income countries need to ensure that health care costs do not continue to serve as a barrier to efforts to eliminate preventable maternal mortality."
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