Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Addressing the challenge of women’s health in Africa

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Monrovia, Liberia – Women living in Africa face a formidable range of threats to their health throughout their life time. They bear an unacceptably huge burden of disease and death and account for more than half of deaths of women worldwide due to communicable and noncommunicable diseases, maternal and perinatal conditions and nutritional deficiencies. These findings are contained in a WHO report launched in Monrovia, Liberia by Her Excellency Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf President of the 16-member multidisciplinary Commission on Women’s Health in the African Region.