Public urged to combat maternal deaths

Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- African first ladies concluded a two- day forum in Bamako Tuesday with a call to involve all actors in efforts to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality.
The spouses of West and Central African presidents or their representatives, health ministers, UNICEF and its partners, urged decision-makers, civil societies, NGOs and the rest of the population to combat maternal and neonatal mortality.
Mali was assigned the task of presenting the meeting's Declaration to the Pan-African conference, which begins in Cairo on 28 May 2001 to prepare an extraordinary UN session in New York next September.
The Bamako declaration calls for the reduction of infant and neonatal mortality by half in the year 2010.
It urges African governments to involve their respective populations in the fight against maternal and neonatal mortality.
Opening the forum, the Malian first lady Adama Ba Konare had stressed the need to bring maternal deaths below 100 per 100,000 live births by the year 2010.
Dr Ba encouraged her fellow first ladies to use their privileged positions to find a solution to high levels of neonatal and maternal deaths.

09 may 2001 21:19:00

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