marternal health.jpgGovernment has intensified its campaign on maternal mortality rate and has started programmes to involve men in promoting maternal health and recognizing the role of traditional birth attendants and addressing the issue of user fees on maternal and newborn health.

This was said at the  launch of a musical CD which seeks to ensure that maternal and newborn health remains a top priority in Zimbabwe.

As efforts towards the reduction of maternal mortality gathers momentum with the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare putting in place a number of strategies and interventions, a musical CD has been produced with a theme song – “Zimbabwe Cares:  No Woman should Die while Giving Life.”

Officially launching the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality, CARMMA CD, Health and Child Welfare Minister , Dr Henry Madzorera said the song seeks to educate and entertain the public and policy makers in making sure that every pregnancy is intended, safe and results in a positive outcome of a healthy mother and baby.

He said one of the key strategies to this campaign is to strengthen information, education and communication on all components of maternal and newborn health hence the collaboration with Baba and Mai Charamba and Fishers of men to produce them a song of the campaign.

 

Asked for reports of women who die at hospitals and clinics without having received help because they cannot pay and in some instances because of negligence by the health staff, Dr Madzorera said discussions are underway for all government hospitals to remove user fees so that pregnant women receive treatment for free adding that his ministry is also looking for alternative sources of income to replace user fees from the donor community.

 

Zimbabwe through the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare successfully launched the CARMMA on the 30th of June 2010.

 

The campaign was launched from a background of high maternal and peri-natal mortality rates which are indeed far away from the 2015 Millenium Development Goals and targets.