9 nations commit to halving maternal and newborn deaths

Some nine countries have committed to halving maternal and newborn deaths in health facilities in the next five years.

Bangladesh, India, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda have signed up to join the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, along with other partners, are supporting the network. The countries have committed to improving the quality of care mothers and babies receive in their health facilities.

According to the UN, the network intends to strengthen national efforts to end preventable deaths by 2030, as envisioned by the Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health.

This is possible by strengthening both the capacity and motivation of health professionals to plan and manage quality improvement, as well as by improving data collection and increasing access to medicines, supplies, equipment and clean water.

Dr Anthony Costello, director of the WHO Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, said: “Every mother and infant deserves to receive the highest quality of care when they access health facilities in their communities.”ADNFCR-2094-ID-801832467-ADNFCR