BrandArena: Organizations, UN Show Commitment To Advance Maternal and New Born Health in Nigeria

Thursday 13 June 2013

Organizations, UN Show Commitment To Advance Maternal and New Born Health in Nigeria

As a follow up to the October 2012 launch of the Saving One Million Lives initiative in Abuja and as part of efforts aimed at fulfilling its commitment to Nigeria, General Electric Healthcare in partnership with the Ministry of Health, The Wellbeing Foundation Africa and Save the Children recently convened key stakeholders and thought leaders in a roundtable programme designed to discuss ways technology and innovation can contribute to meeting Nigeria’s maternal and new born health goals.

The roundtable programme was aimed at mobilizing partners to introduce new technologies and innovations in partnership with all levels of government. As a result, GE and other invited participants signed a maternal and newborn pledge committing to one or more initiatives that will contribute to saving the lives of Nigerian mothers and Children under 5.

The conference also enabled participants to join a Public-Private Partnership for Maternal and Newborn Health to coordinate implementation across the many stakeholders.

According to Ms. Janeen Uzzell, Director Healthcare Programs GE Africa, new approaches are needed to reduce the rate of maternal mortality in Nigeria. The initiative sets targets of preventing 17,000 maternal and 180,000 newborn deaths by 2015 by increasing the proportion of pregnant women who attend four or more antenatal care visits from 45% to 80%; by increasing the proportion of births with a skilled attendant from 40% to 85%; and by increasing the number of upgraded primary healthcare facilities from 1,000 to 5,000 - all by 2015. She went further to say “if the necessary technologies were in place and available to the women most at risk, Nigeria could dramatically reduce maternal and newborn deaths”.

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