The 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals is provoking many reflective exercises. This special issue of BJOG on women's health is one such contribution, encompassing both optimism and pessimism for the future. The title for our commentary captures this duality: history repeating itself can indeed be good or bad news. The phrase is used here to highlight the risks of healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) for women, and particularly for mothers and newborns. Throughout history there have been many moments when the balance has shifted between health benefit and health risk. Now that more of the world's annual 143 million births occur in institutions than at home, we have reached a tipping point regarding the risk of HCAIs. Strengthening infection prevention represents an opportunity to ensure that the balance swings towards a benefit for all mothers and newborns.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||BJOG-An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology|
|Early online date||26 Dec 2014|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2015|
- preventable maternal deaths