Malawi's maternal mortality rate reduced by 215 last year

The maternal mortality rate in Malawi saw a significant decrease in 2012-13, the country's Presidential Initiative on Safe Motherhood and Maternal Health has reported.

Initiative chairperson Mac Julio Kwataine Masina said that since the programme's inauguration last year, the rate has been reduced from 675 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births to 460 per 100,000.

Speaking to the Nyasa Times this week (April 22nd), Chief Kwataine commented that he was confident in Malawi's ability to achieve its target for the UN's Millennium Development Goal 5, which aims to reduce global maternal mortality rates to one-quarter of 1990 levels by 2015.

The Safe Motherhood and Maternal Health programme aims to increase the number of deliveries conducted in institutions or otherwise attended by trained healthcare professionals. Challenges include both a shortage of skilled personnel and the distances between rural settlements and their nearest hospitals.

According to Chrissie Bwazi, district nursing officer for Nchisi, some mothers are required to travel up to 60 km to the district hospital and are not currently served by an ambulance.

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