International Development Committee Announcement



The International Development Committee will publish its report on Maternal Health at 00:01 on Sunday 2 March 2008 (Mothers’ Day) as the Fifth Report from the Committee, Session 2007-08 (HC 66-I). A volume of oral and written evidence will be published at the same time as HC 66-II.

There will be an embargoed press briefing on the Report at 10.00am on Thursday 28 February in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House. The Chairman will give a short presentation of the report and he and other Members of the Committee will then answer questions. They will also be available for interview afterwards.

Embargoed copies of the report will be available to accredited journalists in the room from 10:00am on Thursday 28 February. Embargoed copies can also be supplied to media who cannot attend the briefing by request. Please email All comments made in the briefing and in any interviews afterwards are also under embargo until 00:01 on Sunday 2 March. Media representatives interested in attending should contact Alex Paterson on or 020 7219 1589.

Copies of the Report will also be available from 10.00 am on Thursday 28 February for collection by Government Departments, witnesses and the press from the Reception Desk at 7 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA and from the Press Gallery. Please contact Ian Hook, on 020 7219 1221 or

On publication, copies of the Report can be ordered from The Stationery Office (Tel: 0845 702 3474) or from the Parliamentary Bookshop (Tel: 020 7219 3890) and can be viewed on the Committee’s website from the day of publication at:


Committee Membership is as follows: Malcolm Bruce MP (Chairman, Lib Dem), John Battle MP (Lab), Hugh Bayley MP (Lab), John Bercow MP (Con), Richard Burden MP (Lab), Stephen Crabb MP (Con), James Duddridge MP (Con), Ann McKechin MP (Lab), Jim Sheridan MP (Lab), Mr Marsha Singh MP (Lab), Sir Robert Smith MP (Lib Dem).

Terms of reference for the inquiry were as follows:

• How donors - and DFID specifically - can catalyse progress towards Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5

• How effectively DFID is working with recipient countries to make emergency obstetric care available and to ensure that adequate numbers of skilled birth attendants and other staff are being trained to meet MDG 5, and are integrated within a robust health system

• The steps DFID is taking to mainstream maternal health across related policies

• How achieving MDG 5 is being prioritised and integrated into countries’ overall healthcare provision

• How DFID is supporting the 2006 recommendation by the UN General Assembly for an MDG target for universal access to reproductive health

• The progress being made in reducing maternal deaths from unsafe abortion (which account for 13% of all maternal deaths)

• How effective family planning is being promoted as a way to improve maternal health

• How effectively DFID works with bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs and other stakeholders to promote maternal health

• What leadership the UN is providing and how well co-ordinated its agencies are

• How DFID is addressing socio-economic barriers to women’s empowerment and the low status of women in relation to maternal health

• How the international community can improve maternal health in crisis and conflict settings

Media Enquiries: Alex Paterson, 020 7219 1589, or

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