Philips partners Africa to promote maternal, child health
Monday, December 9, 2013
Over the years, efforts by most countries, including Ghana, to address high maternal and infant mortality rates as a step to meeting Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Four and Five have yielded some results.
Although Ghana has a high maternal mortality rate of 340 per 100,000 live births, there have been efforts to strengthen its healthcare system, with focus on making emergency obstetric care available to women to ensure that more women have supervised delivery and access to antenatal care, and improving immunisation targets to reduce preventable child deaths.
However, the challenges of inadequate access to healthcare, institutional problems resulting from inadequate infrastructure and human resource; institutional delays; and socio-cultural problems still undermine efforts to provide quality healthcare to women and children, particularly in the rural areas.
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