Global health researchers say Malawi has made tremendous progress in reducing maternal mortality rate despite failing to meet the Millennium Development Goal number five.
Malawi failed to meet the MDG target on reducing maternal mortality and achieving universal access to reproductive health.
The researchers announced this when they were briefing journalists on 2015 countdown report. The report is aimed at tracking coverage levels for health interventions proven to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality.
“The countdown report calls on governments and development partners to be accountable, identifies knowledge gaps, and proposes new actions to improve health and reduce mortality,” said Dr Bernadette Daelmans who works for the World Health Organisation.
According to Daelmans, countdown’s data and analysis cover 75 countries that account for over 95 percent of all maternal and child deaths which includes Malawi.
Daelmans said though over 30 percent of Malawi population lives in severe poverty, it managed to reduce maternal mortality rate figures.
Another researcher Agbessi Amouzou, Unicef’s Statistics and Monitoring Specialist said Malawi managed to reduce maternal death from 1100 to 510 per 100, 000 live births in the period between 1990 and 2013.
“The maternal mortality goal was to reduce the cases by 75 percent. Globally maternal deaths cases have been reduced by almost 45 percent, which means Malawi is on track because the cases declined by almost 50 percent,” Amouzou said.
On child mortality, Amouzou said Malawi is one of the few countries in sub-Saharan Africa that is on track by reducing under five mortality by two thirds between 1990 and 2013.
The researchers indicated six key actions needed to build on Malawi’s successes.
Two of them are to improve newborn survival by achieving universal access to high quality care at birth, including for small and sick babies and to take action in eliminating the unmet need for family planning and increase coverage for treatment of childhood diseases.
The four goals Malawi managed to achieve are; reduction of Child Mortality, combating HIV AIDS, Malaria & other diseases, Environmental Sustainability and Global Partnership for Development and those the country failed to meet the target are Poverty and Hunger Reduction, Universal Primary Education, Gender Equality and Women Empowerment and Maternal Health.
The 2015 Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference is taking place in Mexico City in Mexico.
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