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The data shows that good progress is being made over time in reducing perinatal and maternal mortality, despite an overall increase in the complexity of care. However, the picture is complex and in some areas it lacks clarity, partly as a result of data quality, and partly as a result of the time lag in the data.
Going forward, the programme will continue to work in partnership with national organisations and local systems to harness the collective drive and will to change and improve maternity care for women and families. Local Maternity Systems will continue to be the agents for change, and national support will focus on helping them to deliver evidence-based improvements to care rapidly and consistently.