1World Health Organization. Mother-baby package: Implementing safe motherhood in countries. 1998;WHO/FHE/MSM/94.11.

2WHO defines an SBA as “an accredited health professional—such as a midwife, doctor or nurse—who has been educated and trained to proficiency in the skills needed to manage normal (uncomplicated) pregnancies, childbirth, and the immediate postnatal period, and in the identification, management and referral of complications in women and newborns.”

3WHO and UNICEF. Countdown to 2015 Decade Report (2000–2010).

4 Ifakara health Institute. Misoprostol Distribution during Antenatal Care Visits; Preliminary Report. December 2009.

5Pagel C et al. Estimation of potential effects of improved community-based drug provision, to augment health-facility strengthening, on maternal mortality due to post-partum haemorrhage and sepsis in sub-Saharan Africa: an equity-effectiveness model. The Lancet. 2009.

6Sanghvi H et al. Prevention of postpartum hemorrhage at home birth in Afghanistan. IJOG. 2009.

7WHO is also currently working on a new set of survey tools, the Service Availability and Readiness Assessment (SARA).