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AU Builds Common Platform For African Champions of Maternal Health – And Looks For More

Today the African Union’s Commissioner for Social Affairs, H.E Dr Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko launched a new website for its Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal, Newborn and Child Mortality in Africa (CARMMA) – www.carmma.org.

The new website which has been pulled together by a team in the Department of Social Affairs promotes maternal and newborn survival, and provides evidence on progress in achieving the targets African leaders have set.

In launching the site the Commissioner said:

“The African Union continues to play a critical role in promoting issues of maternal, newborn and child survival and placing it high on the African political agenda. I am delighted, therefore, to be launching this website which is a culmination of the work of many African and International champions of maternal, child and newborn health.

“With the launch of the CARMMA website we hope to bring together in one place evidence and information on maternal, newborn and child survival across the continent.

“We also hope to showcase the champions that are working to give African mothers and their babies a future.

“We invite visitors to the site to identify individuals and send in stories, detailing their local, national or continent-wide maternal survival champions (see details below). We know that there are many men and women, health workers, officials, community leaders as well as political leaders that are, on a day-to-day basis, working to save the lives of women and children.

“It does not matter who they may be.  They might hold the highest office in the land, or perhaps they work as nurses, midwives and doctors.  They could be teachers educating girls and boys in safe motherhood, or district council officers ensuring safe and regular supplies for the clinic. Or they could be those, like the young owners of a motorbike or bicycle – who give up their leisure to ensure that a pregnant mother gets to the clinic in good time.
“Whoever and wherever they are – if they are playing a role in saving mothers lives, then send us a photo and a story, and we will try our best to feature them on this site.

By that means we hope to bring together an army of CARMMA champions across the continent.

Africa Cares: No Woman Should Die While Giving Life”

Notes to editor:

All submissions of names of those involved in saving the lives of mothers, newborns and children should send details of the person and their story to – kenneth.oliko@carmma.org.

In May 2009 the African Union launched the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA) with the aim to trigger concerted and increased actions to improve maternal and newborn health and survival across the continent. So far CARMMA has been launched in 37 African countries. The CARMMA campaign aims to:

•    Build on existing efforts to improve maternal, newborn and child health across Africa – particularly by sharing best practices.
•    Generate and share data on maternal, newborn and child health.
•    Advocate for increased political commitment, and mobilise domestic resources in support of maternal, newborn and child health
•    Communicate with the wider African public – and inspire action.

Africa Cares: No woman should die while giving life

The refresh of the http://www.carmma.org was funded by UK aid as part of the Evidence for Action (E4A) programme.

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    • Dec 05
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    We, the Kenya Association for Maternal & Neonatal Health-KAMANEH, a local not for profit NGO working on Maternal,Newborn and Child health in Kenya wish to thank the AU’s Department of Social Affairs for launching the Maternal and Child health website for Africa. It will enable us to share alot in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Africa.

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