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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Maternal mortality rate increasing in Ghana -- WHO

The Maternal Mortality Estimation Inter-Agency Group of the World
Health Organisation estimated that Ghana's maternal mortality rate has
gone up from 350 per 100,000 live births to 380.

The report also indicated that in 2013, an estimated 3,100 women died
from pregnancy related causes and that figures from the District
Health Management Information System revealed that 1,012 pregnant
women died in 2013 from pregnancy related issues across the country.

Mrs Vicky T. Okine, Executive Director of Alliance for Reproductive
Health Rights made the report known at the end-of-year media briefing
in Accra organised by Mamaye Advocacy Coalition to review its
activities in 2014.

The Coalition is a platform of civil society groups engaged in
advocacy activities to catalyse improvements in the quality,
efficiency, and range of resources available for the care of Mothers
and their newborn babies.

It provides framework and common ground for various civil society
organisations to support the local implementation of commitments such
as the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health and
recommendations of the Commission on Information and Accountability
for Women's and Children's Health.

The Coalition is made up of 50 organisations working in HIV and AIDS,
reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health advocacy and service

Mrs Okine said over the past year, the Coalition had implemented a
scorecards programme in eight project districts of the campaign and 36
health facilities were assessed by a team of data collectors at
selected health facilities in eight districts of the Ashanti and Volta

She added that the Coalition had provided logistical support to
national initiatives on safe blood for safe motherhood through public
voluntary blood donation exercises and provided capacity building
training for the media and activists.

Mrs Okine said Ghana has been described by various reports as making
progress towards safe motherhood, adding that her outfit has envisage
a nation where leadership and partnership would lead to greater impact
on healthcare delivery for women living everywhere.

She said in 2014 budget, government has announced a voluntary 10 per
cent pay cut for all members of the executive intended to be used for
construction of Community-based Health Planning and Services compounds
focusing on maternal and neonatal health.

She said government has expressed its intension to expand health
facilities across the country and it is necessary that all these
facilities are equipped with services to ensure improved access to
obstetric and neonatal care services.

Mrs Okine added that the Coalition had participated in the Millennium
Development Goals global countdown by presenting a 10-Action-Point
document to the Minister of Health.

She urged government to make effort to deliver adequate structures,
processes and emergency obstetric care across districts to promote
functionality of maternal and newborn survival initiatives.

Dr Yakubu Zakaria, Director of Programmes at Integrated Social
Development Centre, said NGOs in health institutions are suffering
from release of funds from government.

He said 99 per cent of the institutions have not received any funding
from government and only rely on donors for their projects.

Dr Zakaria urged government to improve on funds to civil society's in
health organisations to facilitate their work in an effective and
efficient manner.

Credit: GNA

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