Private sector 'can help save the lives of pregnant women in Malawi'

Private sector companies have been called upon to take the lead in improving maternal care in Malawi.

At present, Malawi's Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) stands at just 675 per 100,000 live births, well ahead of many other African nations.

However, the government's deputy health minister Halima Daudi is determined to improve this further still, with the Nyasa Times reporting that the politician is keen to harness the potential of the private sector in this field.

In particular, it is hoped that businesses will work alongside the government in training tribal chiefs in the importance of maternal care, in training nurses and also in the planned construction of new maternity shelters to complement a new wave of mobile clinics.

Ms Daudi made the comments as she officially opened the Presidential Initiative on Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood, with the conference set to carry on until the end of the week.

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