Mauritius: Mauritius becomes 46th nation to launch CARMMA

Flic-en-Flac, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius has become the 46th African nation to join the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA), an initiative of the African Union that was initiated in May 2009 to trigger concerted and increased action towards improving maternal and new-born health and survival across the continent.

Forty foreign delegates from Cape Verde, Comoros, Madagascar, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Kenya and Equatorial Guinea are attending a two-day conference, held in Mauritius in the context of the celebration of the CARMMA Week 2016 on the theme: “Celebrating progress in implementing CARMMA in the Island States of Africa:  No Woman Should Die while Giving Life”.

Mauritian Health and Quality of Life Minister Anil Gayan stressed that motherhood must remain a positive and fulfilling experience for any woman. “No woman should suffer or should die while giving birth,” he said.

Speaking on the Mauritian experience, Gayan underlined the quality of care and the resilience of the local health system.

“The main features of the country's maternal health care strategy includes a comprehensive antenatal health programme that is accessible to all women, well qualified health personnel, preventive medicine, promoting breastfeeding, and investments in vaccines,” he said.

Gayan pointed out that in 2015 and 2016, the ministry introduced pneumococcal, rotavirus and human papillomavirus vaccinations respectively.

Regarding child health, the minister indicated that all children in Mauritius are vaccinated against measles, and that they have medical cards to record their vaccines’ history.

He also spoke of the health card launched in schools with information on the health of students, including any ailment or allergy, and designed to monitor continually the provision of medical services to them.

“We must be prepared to walk the extra mile and spend the extra dollar to save the lives of our children,” said Gayan.

The minister, however, expressed concern over the high rate of birth by caesarean section in the country. “We are conducting a study to determine whether the gynaecologists are adopting the best practices regarding natural birth or whether there are other considerations which are causing the high rate of caesarean section,” he emphasised.  

CARMMA aims at expanding the availability and use of universally accessible quality health services, including those related to sexual and reproductive health that are critical for the reduction of maternal mortality.

Its activities comprise mobilising the necessary political will to make the lives of women count, coordinating and harmonising interventions around country-led plans/roadmaps and supporting ongoing efforts and initiatives to improve maternal, new-born and child health.

-0- PANA NA/AR 3Nov2016

03 نوفمبر 2016 14:32:55

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