Concern as mothers dying while delivering babies
From ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa
ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – STAKEHOLDERS have met in the African Union Headquarters in Ethiopia to address the issue of maternal and child deaths following revelations hundreds of women were dying yearly from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.
The meetings are held in Addis Ababa.
The meetings, come amid concern some 830 women were dying, with 99 percent of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries. By the end of 2015, roughly 303 000 women had died during and following pregnancy and childbirth
It has been noted maternal mortality is higher in women living in rural areas and among poorer communities.
As part of concerted efforts to reduce maternal and child deaths the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with key partners, has organised a high level side event in the margins of the Women Deliver Conference.
The event is aimed at strengthening collaboration among advocates and partners in support of the AU Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA) and to ensure that coordinated campaign efforts coalesce into accelerated action towards ending preventable maternal and child deaths.
Head of the HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria Division, Dr Marie-Goretti Harakeye, emphasised the need for partners to work together to achieve health commitments across the continent.
Meanwhile, the fourth Women Deliver Conference, the largest gathering on girls and women’s health and rights for more than a decade, has opened on Tuesday.
About 5 500 participants are attending the conference.
– CAJ News
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