mombeshora 10.12.10.jpgA steering committee to monitor and evaluate programmes that will be implemented under the National Child Survival Strategy 2010-2015 has been set up.

The steering committee will be chaired by Deputy Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Dr Douglas Mombeshora who said the child survival strategy will complement other initiatives adopted by the government to create an enabling policy environment for the implementation of various maternal, neonatal and child health programmes.

Zimbabwe launched the National Child Survival Strategy 2010-2015 late last year, in an effort to reduce the number of children dying through strengthening of primary health care services.

The steering committee has been set up as a follow up to the launch and will be responsible for sourcing resources and integrating all the various programmes that are being carried out across the country.

Dr Mombeshora said one of the targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) is to reduce child mortality by two thirds by 2015 and the steering committee will work to ensure that the target is realised.

The maternal mortality ratio is one of the indicators used to determine a country’s health care delivery services.

The 2007 Zimbabwe Maternal and Prenatal Mortality Study indicates that the maternal mortality rate in Zimbabwe currently at 725 children per every 100 000 live births.