Aug 6, 2010

Sierra Leone Taking First Steps To Improve Mothers' Health and Human Rights

AUTHOR:Mary RobinsonSOURCE:Huffington Post

As noted by Mary Robinson (President of Realizing Rights and former President of Ireland, and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights), in the Huffington Post, Sierra Leone has been struggling to rebuild their nation following more than a decade of civil war. One of the better investments the people of Sierra Leone have made is in the health of women and children. With a political will for curbing the maternal mortality rate and gender based violence, Sierra Leone has taken bold steps in launching its Free Care Initiative for both maternal and child health. The UN agencies, NGOs and health care workers are working together to spread health education to pregnant mothers, birth preparedness, family planning and nutrition. All these efforts have not only improved the maternal health crisis in Sierra Leone, but have also set up a model of leadership for the global community. These efforts have further emphasized the role of collaboration and involvement of the community in reducing the maternal mortality. Life For Mothers (LFM), an international NGO based in New York and Uganda hopes to implement a similar holistic strategy later this year to reduce maternal/neonatal mortality. Here’s the link to the article:



Did you know?

Maternal mortality is the health indicator that shows the widest gaps between rich and poor, both between and within countries.

Source:World Health Organization, 2010

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