Saturday, 22 October 2016

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Ministry of Health of The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan committed to improve maternal health

UNICEF (The United Nations Children's Fund) and the Ministry of Public Health of The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan held a one-day symposium to share best approaches for reducing maternal mortality in the Country. The symposium explored the prevention, detection, and management of Postpartum Hemorrhage (PPH) and Pre-eclampsia and Eclampsia (PEE) at medical facilities and at the community level. PPH and PEE are the main causes of maternal mortality in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The symposium included presentations and panel discussions on comprehensive PPH and PEE interventions. Participants included policymakers and professional associations involved in efforts to reduce maternal mortality and improve compliance with World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations at all levels of care. Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz, Minister of Public Health of Afghanistan, noted that while Afghanistan has made remarkable progress in reducing maternal mortality, all Afghan women still do not have access to the health services they need. “We all have a role to play, and I am confident that together we can take full advantage of this opportunity to bridge the gap, accelerate the progress, and invest in a safe and bright future for the mothers and children of Afghanistan,”  Dr. Feroz said. The Afghanistan Health Office Manager of USAID, the United States Agency for International Development that for about 15 years announced an avalanche of new projects and their funding, but due to unknown reasons the majority of them have never been started and remained just announcements, said that “We know how to do to save the lives”.  About 80 participants from U.N. agencies, Ministry of Public Health, US Embassy and USAID, private sector, civil society organizations and NGOs and academic institutions attended the symposium on 16 October 2016.

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