Reducing maternal mortality: a challenge for the 21st century technical discussion
Abstract1. The maternal mortality ratio in the African Region, at an average of 940 per 100,000 live births, is the highest in the world. The 49th session of the Regional Committee adopted as the subject for technical discussion “Reducing maternal mortality: a challenge for the twenty-first century”. This was in recognition of the magnitude of the problem and the need for prevention. Earlier, at the 47th session of the Regional Committee, Member States had adopted the Regional Strategy on Reproductive Health for the accelerated reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality in the Region. 2. There is a need for stronger commitment and political will on the part of Member States in addressing the problem of reducing the high maternal mortality in a co-ordinated manner. Awareness and knowledge of the problem have to be translated into concrete and sustained action by the various sectors of government, non-governmental organizations, communities and partners. 3. The Technical Discussions of RC50 will first look into the critical issues related to the reduction of maternal deaths, namely: (a) access to efficient antenatal care; (b) provision of hospital-based treatment of pregnant women with life-threatening complications; (c) transport; (d) strengthening of the health care system. 4. It is in the interest of all Member States to identify possible strategies and initiatives for accelerating the reduction of maternal mortality. To ensure the successful attainment of that objective, it is important that these efforts are sustained by all stakeholders.
Regional Committee for Africa, 50. (2000). Reducing maternal mortality: a challenge for the 21st century technical discussion. World Health Organization. Regional Office for Africa. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/95460
DescriptionRegional Committee for Africa, Fiftieth session Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 28 August - 2 September 2000
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