A Right to Life: Reducing Maternal Death and Morbidity in Pakistan

A Right to Life highlights the complexities of empowering the citizen-consumer by implementing reform in the public obstetric/gynaecological health care sector of Pakistan. Every year approximately 30,000 women die from pregnancy related complications and 375,000 suffer severe post-natal injuries. These figures place Pakistan’s maternal death and morbidity rates as the highest in South Asia. The film’s narrative is largely conveyed and enacted by Dr Shershah Syed, Secretary General of the Pakistan Medical Association, who together with other activists, is trying to empower citizen-consumers by providing medical procedures to impoverished women living in urban slums and rural areas, and educating them regarding their rights as citizen-consumers.


Marylouise Caldwell and Paul Henry (2009) ,"A Right to Life: Reducing Maternal Death and Morbidity in Pakistan", in AP - Asia-Pacific Advances in Consumer Research Volume 8, eds. Sridhar Samu, Rajiv Vaidyanathan, and Dipankar Chakravarti, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 121-121.


Marylouise Caldwell, University of Sydney
Paul Henry, University of Sydney


AP - Asia-Pacific Advances in Consumer Research Volume 8 | 2009

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