Maternal mortality rate increasing in Ghana — WHO

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The Maternal Mortality Estimation Inter-Agency Group of the World

Health Organisation estimated that Ghana's maternal mortality rate has

gone up from 350 per 100,000 live births to 380.

The report also indicated that in 2013, an estimated 3,100 women died

from pregnancy related causes and that figures from the District

Health Management Information System revealed that 1,012 pregnant

women died in 2013 from pregnancy related issues across the country.

Mrs Vicky T. Okine, Executive Director of Alliance for Reproductive

Health Rights made the report known at the end-of-year media briefing

in Accra organised by Mamaye Advocacy Coalition to review its

activities in 2014.

The Coalition is a platform of civil society groups engaged in

advocacy activities to catalyse improvements in the quality,

efficiency, and range of resources available for the care of Mothers

and their newborn babies.

It provides framework and common ground for various civil society

organisations to support the local implementation of commitments such

as the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health and

recommendations of the Commission on Information and Accountability

for Women's and Children's Health.

The Coalition is made up of 50 organisations working in HIV and AIDS,

reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health advocacy and service


Mrs Okine said over the past year, the Coalition had implemented a

scorecards programme in eight project districts of the campaign and 36

health facilities were assessed by a team of data collectors at

selected health facilities in eight districts of the Ashanti and Volta


She added that the Coalition had provided logistical support to

national initiatives on safe blood for safe motherhood through public

voluntary blood donation exercises and provided capacity building

training for the media and activists.

Mrs Okine said Ghana has been described by various reports as making

progress towards safe motherhood, adding that her outfit has envisage

a nation where leadership and partnership would lead to greater impact

on healthcare delivery for women living everywhere.

She said in 2014 budget, government has announced a voluntary 10 per

cent pay cut for all members of the executive intended to be used for

construction of Community-based Health Planning and Services compounds

focusing on maternal and neonatal health.

She said government has expressed its intension to expand health

facilities across the country and it is necessary that all these

facilities are equipped with services to ensure improved access to

obstetric and neonatal care services.

Mrs Okine added that the Coalition had participated in the Millennium

Development Goals global countdown by presenting a 10-Action-Point

document to the Minister of Health.

She urged government to make effort to deliver adequate structures,

processes and emergency obstetric care across districts to promote

functionality of maternal and newborn survival initiatives.

Dr Yakubu Zakaria, Director of Programmes at Integrated Social

Development Centre, said NGOs in health institutions are suffering

from release of funds from government.

He said 99 per cent of the institutions have not received any funding

from government and only rely on donors for their projects.

Dr Zakaria urged government to improve on funds to civil society's in

health organisations to facilitate their work in an effective and

efficient manner.

Credit: GNA

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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