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 thehighest in the world. The 49th session of the Regional Committee adopted as the subject for technicaldiscussion “Reducing maternal mortality: a challenge for the twenty-first century”. This was inrecognition of the magnitude of the problem and the need for prevention. Earlier, at the 47th session ofthe Regional Committee, Member States had adopted the Regional Strategy on Reproductive Health forthe 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 addressingthe problem of reducing the high maternal mortality in a co-ordinated manner. Awareness and knowledgeof the problem have to be translated into concrete and sustained action by the various sectors ofgovernment, non-governmental organizations, communities and partners.3. The Technical Discussions of RC50 will first look into the critical issues related to the reduction ofmaternal deaths, namely: (a) access to efficient antenatal care; (b) provision of hospital-based treatmentof pregnant women with life-threatening complications; (c) transport; (d) strengthening of the health caresystem.4. It is in the interest of all Member States to identify possible strategies and initiatives for acceleratingthe reduction of maternal mortality. To ensure the successful attainment of that objective, it is importantthat 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. https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/95460
DescriptionRegional Committee for Africa,Fiftieth sessionOuagadougou, Burkina Faso, 28 August - 2 September 2000
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