Mali: Authorities tasked on reduction of maternal, neonatal, child mortality

Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The President of the Children's Parliament in Mali, Lala Wangara, on Wednesday called on the Malian authorities to help significantly reduce maternal, neonatal and child mortality in the country.

Wangara was speaking at the launching ceremony of the 15th report of the NGO "Save the Children".

She said that in Mali, 25,000 newborns continue to die each year while maternal mortality remains very high with 368 deaths per 100,000 live births.

"This situation is deplorable and unacceptable," she warned.

"This year alone, of the 80 million people expected to need humanitarian assistance, three quarters of them are women and children who are most vulnerable to death during crises, " Raphael Sindaye, the Country Director of “Save the Children International” for Mali and Guinea, said.

Receiving the report, a representative of the Minister of Health and Public Hygiene, Dr. Lamine Diarra, reiterated the commitment of the Malian authorities to protect mothers through intensifying the fight against maternal and neonatal mortality.

He said the concerns of young parliamentarians, who have requested the State to grant 15% of national budget to health, were being addressed.

Mali ranks 175th among the 178 countries where the situation of mothers remains alarming.
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08 may 2014 16:52:25

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