Dec 10, 2010

Rwanda Makes Strides in Maternal and Child Health


The Rwandan government is taking important steps to improve maternal and child health, including increasing routine vaccine coverage, upgrading healthcare facilities, and encouraging family planning practices. The country has already seen succeses, such as decreased under-five child mortality, which dropped from 152 per 1,000 live births in 2005 to 103 in 2008. Additionally, maternal mortality has dropped from 750 per 100,000 live births in 2005 to 383 in 2009. Rwanda's neighboring countries, Uganda and Kenya, still have much higher death rates.

A very strong community health workforce connected to a health network, as well as mass media education, are helping Rwanda achieve these successes. Life for Mothers is focusing on many of the same issues to strengthen the health system in neighboring Uganda. Like the Rwandan government, we will be employing community health workers to encourage women to be vaccinated, give birth at the health center, and consider family planning options. Read the entire article here.

Did you know?

Every year, more than one million children are left motherless and vulnerable because of maternal death.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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