Save the Children’s three organizations; UK, US and Sweden have ended the long term process of merging all the three organizations in South Sudan under the umbrella of Save the Children International.
The health extension programme, through which the government has trained some 30,000 lay extension workers, is also expected to improve women’s access to skilled birth attendance.
The Challenge seeks to identify and develop transformative approaches that integrate new science and technology, better service delivery models, and improved "demand side" innovations.
Meeting at the African Union Summit, Heads of State and Government made new commitments to speed-up the reduction of maternal death and disability in the continent.
Another approach, Museveni suggested, should be sensitisation. "This is very crucial to educate expectant mothers to attend ante-natal clinics in order to ensure safe delivery.
The concrete goal of reducing child mortality by two-thirds created a clear target by which to measure success or failure.
"Out of the 61 cases of children…zero were infected and if Nigeria can replicate what has happened in this hospital throughout this country, it will be well on its way towards achieving its goal of saving one million lives."
The two leaders, who are co-chairs of the United Nations Saving Life Commodities for Women and Children, in a joint report presented in Oslo, Norway Tuesday, also praised Nigeria’s initiative of saving one million lives.
The researchers found newborn deaths dropped from 13 per 1,000 babies to seven per 1,000 once Helping Babies Breathe was implemented. The rate of stillbirth fell from 19 per 1,000 babies before to just over 14 per 1,000 after.
MCHIP discusses Madagascar’s approach to Maternal and Newborn Health.