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Conference on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health opens in Johannesburg, South Africa

The 1st International Conference on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Africa opened in the South African city of Johannesburg on Thursday and is scheduled to end on Saturday. It is organised by the United Nations and the African Union in collaboration with several non-government organisations. The organisers said on Friday that while much has been done to reduce mortality rates, these rates remain very high. In its report, the African Union said maternal mortality had fallen by more than 40 percent since 1990, and child mortality by 33 percent. It lamented, however, that 57 percent of the World’s Maternal deaths occur in Africa, and half of the world deaths of children under the age of five occur on the continent. Africa also has the highest number of child death from malaria, HIV/AIDS, pneumonia and diarrhea. Experts at the conference noted that there was need to intensify education among young people. The education should focus, among other things, on hygiene and family planning.


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