A World in Transition: Charting a New Path in Global Health


Approximately 800 women die while giving life every day.

A World in Transition: Charting a New Path in Global Health

On June 1, 2012, global leaders convened in Oslo, Norway, for a special event to eliminate the tragic and preventable deaths of women, mothers and children around the world. Called “A World in Transition: Charting a New Path in Global Health,” this conference served as the official launch of Saving Mothers, Giving Life, with then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre formally unveiling the initiative to the world.

In her speech, Secretary Clinton underscored the need to regard maternal health as a way of measuring the strength of healthcare systems around the world. “When a woman in labor experiences complications, it takes a strong system to keep her alive,” she said. “It not only takes skilled doctors, midwives and nurses, it takes reliable transportation, well-equipped clinics and hospitals that are open 24 hours a day. Where these elements are in place, more often than not women will survive childbirth.”

Secretary Clinton was joined by a host of global health leaders for the event, which featured workshops on the economic benefits of investing in women’s health, sexual violence, scaling and sustaining new health technologies and the Saving Mothers, Giving Life model. The Lancet also published a special commentary about this event by Lois Quam — Executive Director of the Global Health Initiative — and Dr. Tore Godal — Health Advisor to the Norwegian President.