Robinson: Focus on maternal health

2010-07-28 20:00

kalahari.com

Freetown - Ex-Irish president Mary Robinson urged African leaders on Wednesday to boost support for maternal health, during a visit to Sierra Leone where mortality rates are among the highest in the world.

"If the African Union succeeds in fulfilling its commitment to maternal health, it will benefit the economies of countries to have healthy populations," she said at a news conference in Freetown.

Robinson is on a two-day visit to observe implementation of a $90m initiative to provide free health care for pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under-five launched in April.

"Sierra Leone has taken a major step forward in promoting maternal health as a human right not only for its own people but also globally, as a model of leadership and initiative in this critical area."

However she raised concerns about the lack of running water in one clinic she visited and a shortage of incubators in another.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Sierra Leone has the world's highest death rate among pregnant women and children.

The west African country is one of the world's poorest nations and is still emerging from a brutal decade-long civil war that was officially declared over in February 2002 and left much of the infrastructure in ruins.

Robinson, a former UN Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR), now leads an international NGO, Realising Rights: the Ethical Globalisation Initiative.

- SAPA
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