Making her first public appearance since the end of her mourning period after the death of her husband, Nelson Mandela, Graca Machel, has tasked the world to ensure that women, children and infants attain their given potential, no matter where they live in the world.
The deaths of 3 million mothers and their newborn babies (a number comparable to the population of Tshwane) in 75 high-burden countries annually could be prevented if everyone in the world donated $1.15 (about R12.20) a year.
Following the approval of the Every Newborn Action Plan by the ministers last month in the World Health Assembly, a new global action was launched on June 30 in the Partner’s Forum in Johannesburg to bring in significant new financing, policy and service delivery commitments that could save the lives of newborns and mothers.
Health advocates from around the world have demanded that maternal and child health are included in the next set of global goals when the millennium development goals expire next year.
It is the highest percentage recorded in the comparison made between the 75 countries analyzed by the study Partnership for Mothers, Newborns and Children.