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Rwanda’s maternal, child health on the right track

Rwanda’s maternal and child death is reducing in the region despite the fact that the previous statistics shown that the country was world’s worst indicators for maternal and child mortality, by working hard to ensure mothers and their children have access to life-saving medical interventions

The event featured the granting of the deworming tablets for the children between 9-15 years, trained staffs about the nutrition and planting vegetables in the home gardens to eradicate malnutrition as well as planting of trees.

In 2010-2015 Rwanda registered a significant decline in maternal-child mortality which made the country achieve MDG goals.

Diane Gashumba, the Minister of Health in Rwanda, says although there are many impressive improvements in reduction of the maternity death in as far as acquisition of improved equipment’s include neonatal, maternity and theater tools that has boosted the health of the new born is concerned. However, that the hard work is still needed to avoid preventable deaths.

She adds that customer care and the use of the new technologies are the elements that would gear quality and quick health services.

“Through collaboration with the Health partners like UNICEF and others an increase of the capacity of our health practitioners and health facilities is undoubtable,” she says.

Ted Maly, UNICEF Representative to Rwanda, says, Rwanda has made a significant progress in reducing the number of children who die from the preventable causes.

“Rwanda has the highest rates in Africa if not in the world we are proud of the tremendous move in meeting the maternal quality care that meets international standards,” she adds.

According to the Ending preventable maternal mortality report, 2017, indicated that through Health programs include Rwanda Maternal and Child Survival Program in collaboration with the Government of Rwanda that was introduced are the key factors behind the scale up high-impact health interventions such as comprehensive prevention and management of postpartum hemorrhage, practice improvement for Essential Newborn Care focusing on newborn asphyxia management, postpartum family planning (PPFP).

Through policies the ultimate goals of ending preventable maternal and child deaths (EPMCD) was achieved.

Those ongoing activities and policies being in line with the Government of Rwanda’s Health Sector Strategic Plan III (2013-2018), Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (2013– 2018), USAID/Rwanda’s commitment of ending preventable child and maternal deaths incurred tangible results as a reduction of the maternal mortality ratio by three quarters between 1990-2015 according to World Health Organization

The Express News

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