Africa fighting maternal, neonatal mortality with community-level interventions, technology

Africa fighting maternal, neonatal mortality with community-level interventions, technology
Sub-Saharan Africa is leveraging emerging technologies to improve access to basic provisions to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality

Subhojit Goswami
Thursday 08 February 2018

What kind of interventions work for improving quality of care for women and newborns in Africa? This was the moot question of the webinar on ‘Reducing maternal, neonatal and infant mortality as a means to achieving SDGs in Africa’ hosted by the Aid & International Development Forum on February 7. Setting the context at the onset, Lutomia Mangala, Health specialist, Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH), UNICEF, said, “Globally, there has been significant reduction in women and newborn deaths by 60 per cent. But most of the progress has been in Eastern Asia and Northern Africa. The maternal and neonatal deaths in sub-Saharan Africa have not reduced as much as expected.”

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How Trump abortion funding cuts could affect Africa

How Trump abortion funding cuts could affect Africa
By Anne Soy, BBC Africa health correspondent

28 January 2017

Donald Trump's pro-abortion funding ban has infuriated many global health organisations as they say it will unintentionally lead to more abortions and more deaths in Africa.

The US president signed the executive order to stop federal money going to international groups which perform or provide information on abortions during his first week in office.

Known as the "Mexico City Policy", or global gag rule by critics, it was no surprise that he reinstated it. First introduced by Ronald Reagan in 1984, it has been become a game of policy ping pong between Republican and Democrat presidents.

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Source, BBC.com: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-38768901

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