Experts are now debating whether the funding balance needs to be adjusted to concentrate more on building general health systems in poor countries so they can withstand health crises like Ebola.
The 10th annual International Conference on Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) will be held in Rwanda in November.
Most are from preventable causes such as diseases like pneumonia, malnutrition and complications in labour, but new research highlights success in Rwanda.
“These studies revealed that improving people’s health and strengthening health systems required investing in health-enhancing sectors such as education, water and sanitation, social protection, and infrastructure development.”
Ten countries, including Nepal and Bangladesh in South Asia, have dramatically reduced mother and child deaths within two decades despite social and political challenges.
The report predicted that if the number of midwives in Rwanda doubled by 2020, and the country had a 2 percent increase in efficiency every year, by 2030 Rwanda will meet 100 percent of its midwife needs.
“Progress requires working with other government officials, not to mention the private sector, civil society, religious organizations, and community leaders.”
“There has been a fatalistic acceptance from both communities and governments,” Professor Joy Lawn, a Ugandan-born paediatrician at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told AllAfrica in a telephone interview.
An informal breakfast meeting organized by PMNCH, brought together a dozen ministers of health and representatives from the Gates Foundation led by Melinda Gates, to discuss maternal and newborn health with a specific focus on the Every Newborn Action Plan.
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“Our people and our communities are counting on us to continue to scale proven interventions to insure that no African loses their livelihood or life to this ancient disease.”