Scaling up access to quality maternal and child health care to attain MDGs by 2015

This week in class we discussed Millennium Development Goals. MDGs bring obvious positives and negatives. Our reading, by Richard Heeks, explained that the MDGs were designed for all the right reasons, however, there are many problems that do not necessarily improve the lives of the people need to receive help. The article that I will summarize and comment on outlines some positive results the MDGs have had on maternal and child health care.

According to the article, everyday about 800 women lose their lives giving birth and that maternal and child mortality are inseparable. The article states that, “These deaths are unacceptable, particularly because they are preventable” (Huffington Post, 2012). Specifically, the number of children dead before their 5th birthday has decreased dramatically since 1990 by almost half (Huffington Post, 2012). There are plans to decrease this number even further as outlined in the MDGs. The heads of the Health 4+ (H4+ – UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN WOMEN, WHO, and the World Bank) are meeting on September 24th in New York to communicate about the efforts being made to meet the MDGs. Some initiatives that were noteworthy in the article are outlined below:

– In 2010, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. It has been very successful in delivering life-saving interventions for women and children all around the world.

– The introduction of mobile technology to improve service delivery in Zambia.

– The training of more specialists to deliver emergency obstetric and neonatal care in Zimbabwe.

– Private sector partners have also been active in helping the H4+ support governments to most effectively integrate ICTs to improve service delivery to mothers and newborns in countries such as Ethiopia and Tanzania.

To view the article click here.

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