Tanzania launches advocacy campaign to accelerate efforts in reducing maternal, newborn and child mortality
H.E Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, The President of the United Republic of Tanzania H.E. Jens Stoltenberg, The Prime Minister of Norway Hon. Ambass. Gertrude Mongella, President of Pan-Africa Parliament, AU Dr. Francisco Songane, Director, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health
On the occasion of the visit of the Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg to Tanzania, the Prime Minister and the President of Tanzania will launch the Tanzania campaign known as “Deliver Now for Women + Children” [Timiza Wajibu Sasa kwa Wanawake na Watoto], as well as the new One National Plan for Maternal Newborn and Child Health. The Deliver Now campaign is part of the global efforts to accelerate the achievement of the health MDGs, by promoting high-level political commitment, performance based financing and improving donor’s coordination in support of national health plans (www.delivernow.org). Norway is one of the leading countries in the global effort, and has pledged to provide $1 billion USD globally in support of MDG 4 & 5. Tanzania is one of the countries that will benefit from the global efforts dedicated to reducing maternal, newborn and child health and achieving MDG 4 and 5.
On 22nd April from 16.00 to 19.00 hrs at the Mövenpick Hotel, Kivukoni Room A Press conference will follow after the launch from 19:00-19.30 at Kivukoni Hall.
Hon. Ambass. Gertrude Mongella, President of Pan-Africa Parliament, AU
Prof. David H. Mwakyusa, Minister for Health & Social Welfare, Tanzania
Dr. Francisco Songane, Director, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health
All Journalists should arrive and be seated by 17.30.
Tanzania is one of the 10 countries contributing to 61 percent and 66 percent of the global maternal and newborn deaths respectively. The estimated number of maternal deaths is 8,100 per year, while that of under-fives is 157,000 and for newborns is 45,000 per year . Maternal, newborn and child survival and well-being are interdependent.
Thus service demand and provision for mothers, newborns and children are closely interlinked. The “One Plan for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health” has addressed the interlinkages by ensuring an integrated health package in of the delivery of essential interventions.
For further information contact:
Reproductive Child Health Services
Ministry of Health and Social Welfare
Tel: 0754 866267