Harare to host WHO meeting on maternal health

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation Africa Regional Office (WHO-AFRO) has scheduled a meeting 18-19 February in Harare, Zimbabwe to develop a roadmap and common strategy for accelerating and monitoring the attainment of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) related to maternal and newborn health.
The MDGs, adopted by the UN Millennium Summit in New York in September 2000, set time-bound and measurable targets to be achieved by 2015 in eight key areas that are crucial to sustainable human development.
One of the goals relates to improving maternal health, with the target to reduce by 75 percent the ratio of women dying in childbirth by 2015.
Another, on child mortality, aims to reduce by two-thirds the mortality rate among children, also by 2015.
   Six other MDGs relate to poverty and hunger, universal primary education, gender equality empowerment of women, HIV AIDS, environmental sustainability and the development of a global partnership for development.
WHO-AFRO said in a release the Harare meeting would "define the current status of maternal and newborn health in the Region, identify constraints to the attainment of the MDGs related to maternal and newborn health, develop a common framework for maternal and newborn health programmes in countries and agree mechanisms for measuring progress.
" Some 30 experts from various international organisations including UNICEF, USAID, the World Bank, Population Council- Southern and Eastern Africa, Advance Africa and the Regional Commonwealth Secretariat are expected to attend.

14 february 2004 15:36:00

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