Jul 11, 2011, 1:17 PM
Maternal, Infant and Child Health and Development in Africa, is the chosen theme of the 15th Ordinary Session of the
The significance of this theme cannot be over-emphasised, bearing in mind that there are just five years to go before the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) deadline.
This also remind us all of the need to have a very comprehensive and integrated approach to health with more emphasis on women and children.
We are with the view that African countries have to focus a lot on strengthening their health systems.
We have seen many reports which say
We, therefore, commend the AU for bringing this matter to the fore in a broader way than they have done before.
This is yet another opportunity for our leaders to interact to follow-up on the decisions they have taken with regards to maternal, infant and child health.
A lot of people are starting to talk about maternal mortality, sexual and reproductive health, as well as rights which are usually viewed as taboo subjects in some of our traditional societies. But it is good to see that we are increasingly challenging cultural traditions that are harmful to our children.
It is only women that give birth and it is only women that die while giving life.
A woman in sub-Saharan
One of the main challenges in the promotion of maternal, infant and child health and development is access to health care facilities and services, especially at primary health delivery level and in rural areas.
The constraint caused by limited availability of drugs at affordable prices is another thing that African leaders attending the Kampala Summit needs to carefully looked into.