Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian First Lady, Adame Ba Konare, Monday emphasised the urgent need to sharply reduce neonatal and maternal mortality in Africa.
"I am dreaming of a world where all communities and families in our region are aware of the dangers facing pregnant or delivering women", she said in Bamako at the opening of the Vision 2000 regional forum on the reduction of neonatal and maternal mortality.
Some ten African first ladies are taking part in the two-day forum, which ends Tuesday.
"Today, more than yesterday, this vision can come true," Konare observed, basing her belief on studies conducted over the past ten years and the improvement of knowledge on "this silent tragedy".
She, however, called for a strong political will and concerted actions by governments, communities, families and women.
She noted that the participation of several first ladies at the Vision 2000 forum "demonstrates that the fight against maternal and neonatal mortality concerns all of us".
She urged "everybody, at whatever level, to contribute toward the fight against maternity and infant mortality in Africa".
She later called on the first ladies to come up with a Bamako Declaration outlining actions for the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality in Africa.