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Letter to the African Heads of State (Sign Your Name!)

To the African Heads of State,

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Dowload-letterAU.jpgIt is a simple truth: The Millennium Development Goals will not be achieved in Africa without addressing sexual and reproductive health. In 2006, recognizing that women and girls deliver enormous social and economic benefits to their families, communities, and nations, the African Union boldly adopted a short-term plan to achieve the MDGs and save women’s lives in their continent: The Maputo Plan of Action. You understood the needs and realities of your countries, you came together, and you adopted a plan that moved sexual and reproductive health higher on Africa’s political agenda. We commend you for taking the lead in addressing sexual and reproductive health, including maternal health and family planning.

Now, the Maputo Plan of Action is about to expire, and we’re calling on you to reenergize your efforts to achieve the goals that you set in 2006. It’s time to build on the legacy of the Maputo Plan, and to move forward with renewed determination to save the lives of millions of women and girls.

At the Summit of the African Union next week, it is time to revisit the Maputo Plan of Action, to recognize the progress that has been made, and to get all African countries onboard the implementation of the plan. In May 2009, the African Union launched the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA). The Maputo Plan of Action and CARMMA represent the two targets of MDG5, reducing maternal mortality and assuring universal access to reproductive health. These complementary efforts will increase the attention and commitment to the end result – achieving MDG5 (and others) by 2015.

We are asking you to recommit to making the Maputo Plan of Action a reality and to moving Africa toward social and economic sustainability. At the Summit of the African Union, we hope you will:

  • Invest in family planning – a ‘quick win’ to substantially reduce maternal mortality. The world must commit another US $12 billion a year to fulfill the unmet need for family planning and provide every woman with the recommended standard of maternal and newborn care.
  • Prioritize young people to ensure access to youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services.
  • Strengthen health systems, prioritizing sexual and reproductive health through targeting policies, programs, and budgeting.
  • Advance and protect human rights for girls and women.

We know how to save the lives of girls and women through cost-effective solutions: family planning programs; skilled care for mothers and newborns before, during, and after childbirth, including emergency obstetric care; and safe abortion, when and where legal. And, we know how women who survive pregnancy and childbirth can deliver for the world. You’ve already set out the plan. Now, we need to work together to implement these solutions so that together we can reduce maternal and newborn deaths and harness that power for increased productivity, strong health systems, empowered girls with greater potential, and a more prosperous world for us all.  

Invest in women - it pays!

Signed,
Jill Sheffield
President, Women Deliver

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    • Jul 16
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    It is time that African leaders fullfill the various commitments they signed. They should allocate adequatefinancial resources to health. Also provide better working environment for health workers.

    • Jul 16
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    Please continue to support this crucial cause.

    • Jul 16
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    the african heads of states should at least implement the 15%budgetary allocation they willingly plegded themselves to health at the Abuja heads of states summit 2005!

  1. The Center’s programs for women Members of Parliament worldwide support the urgency of Government’s support for women’s human rights in health, education, leadership.  Please make reproductive and maternal health a centerpiece of the Summit agenda and outcomes.

    • Jul 16
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    I support any comprehensive program to promote the use of contraceptive methods around the world in order to reduce by 1/3 the mortality in women in childbearing age

    • Jul 16
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    Je suis d’avis qu’investir sur la femme et la jeune fille contribuera énormément à faire avancer notre continent.

    • Jul 16
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    Support ASRH

    • Jul 16
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    Respected World Leaders,  I humbly ask you to support the aforemented cause in order to contribute to creating a better world ! Sincerely, Madhawi Ramdin (Suriname)

    • Jul 16
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    Respected Heads of States, I humbly ask you to support the aforementioned cause, in order to to leave your footprint in a better world. Sincerely, Madhawi Ramdin (Suriname)

    • Jul 16
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    I am a health education teacher in the US.  I stand in solidarity with my brothers and sisters in Africa who are working to make sexual and reproductive health a human right available to all.

    • Jul 16
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    health workers should assist the poor and downtrodden in their community by rendering free medical services to them and this is what l have been doing since last year august we should not leave this to our government alone

    • Jul 16
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    Please keep on supporting the African Union initiatives. Africa needs more collaboration with You.

    • Jul 16
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    As a member of Parliament it is our role to hold our leaders accountable. It is also our role to ensure adequate resources are allocated/appropriated for MDG5. Why would any Parliament in Africa and world over apropriate a budget that has no adequate funding for MDG5?. Yet the power to appropriate lies only in Parliament.

    • Jul 16
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    Sustainable health is the backbone of African society. Leaders must take immediate actions which is long overdue. A child that looses his/her mother has a less chance of survival. Every time an African country looses a child, we are losing our economic capital, social and human capital.

  2. It is time for all countries, north and south, to meet their pledges to help save the lives of women and chldren so that MDGs 4 adn 5 can be met.

  3. In the just ended FIFA world cup, african countries in the competion voted huge sums of money to ensure that their national teams bring them honours;the whole of africa was committed to a common course - that the success of any of the african countries was a feat for the whole of africa.When Ghana lost to Uraguay in a bizzare circumstances, the whole of africa was plunged into agony and millions across the continent had sleepless nights and lost appetite. Yes i had sleepness nights myself and still nursing my soccer wounds; but then I have been having endless   sleepness nights over the death of poor pregnat women in remote villages across africa before the world cup.These deaths are preventable but all that is needed is commitment on the part of the leadership of african countries. If afircan heads of states can demonstrate the kind commitment, solidary and support towards maternal and child health like they did during the world cup, if africa heads of states will take maternal health serious like they do with soccer; if they can leave no stone unturned in moblizing resources to support the cause of maternal and child health like they do with soccer; if they will accept responsibility for the unacceptable deaths of poor pregnant women across africa; preventable maternal deaths will be zero in africa. So many millions of pregnant women have passed away; we can no longer afford to loose more precious lives; the time to act is now; now more promises nor excuses..Act now, african heads of states!

    • Jul 16
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    It is necessary to address these issues as well as implement measurements against sexual trafficking

  4. Maternal Health is a human right! You need to do everything in your power to meet or exceed the millennium development goals!

    • Jul 16
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    the sincererity of any commitment is in accountability.
    Young people are wacthing !

  5. Not only is a commitment needed from governments to create African solutions to African problems; but it will take a willingness of African leaders to cooperate, turn plans into action, and ensure that money and efforts are spend on the people who need them.

  6. We, all have to, strive for it, through whatever possible means and ways.

  7. At the 1994 United Nations International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, 179 governments agreed to a 20-year action plan that made the health and rights of women and young people central to the global struggle to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development. The Programme forms the roadmap for reaching the MDGs and securing the health and rights of all. 

    To achieve sexual and reproductive health, women need a full range of services:  Maternity care, contraception, safe abortion, prevention and treatment of STIs including HIV - these four, together with comprehensive sexuality education form the core sexual and reproductive rights and health (SRRH) package, which is required to ensure that women and young people can live just and healthy lives. Each of the five main elements of the package relies on the others to reach peak effectiveness.

    • Jul 16
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    Africa, like the world need women for improve quality of life.  Political will and finances will prevent needless daeths and we will have a better country, continent and world

    • Jul 16
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    Please let the change happen that needs to happen for women in africa!

  8. maternal mortality reduction should be a priority for governments and policy makers and implementers alike in NIGERIA.
    there should be drastic investments in a massive capacity strengthening of skilled health attendants.  it can be done if the political will is there! we have enough resources to turn the ugly trend of high MMR   around, yes we can in DELTA STATE NIGERIA

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