by Cesar G Victora, Aluisio J D Barros, Giovanny V A França et al.
The Lancet Glob Health 2017 – Published Online February 23, 2017
Coverage levels for essential interventions aimed at reducing deaths of mothers and children are increasing steadily in most low-income and middle-income countries. The authors assessed how much poor and rural populations in these countries are benefiting from national-level progress. They conclude that national coverage gains were accelerated by important increases among poor and rural mothers and children. Despite progress, important inequalities persist, and need to be addressed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.