Good news for the dwellers of largest city in Metro Manila: Quezon City is rolling out online information exchange database that seeks to provide quicker and more accessible maternal and neonatal health services to its citizens.

The Quezon City Government headed by Mayor Herbert Bautista, thru the QC Health Department (QCHD), in partnership with United Laboratories Inc. (Unilab, Inc.), launched during the 5th Maternal and Neonatal Health Summit the “Seal of Excellence” (SoE) Plus as part of its continuing efforts to innovate its health services and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Violence against women is a global public health problem. In Uganda, more than half of all women have experienced violence at least once in their life, most likely from an intimate partner, leaving them feeling unsafe in the place they should feel the safest – their home.

“Violence against women is everywhere in Uganda,” says Dr Olive Sentumbwe, National Professional Officer, WHO Uganda. “Women from all parts of society experience repeated abuse, which takes a toll on their physical and mental health.”

UN plans to embark on a 40 million U.S. dollar programme to end preventable maternal deaths and improve child health in Kenya, officials said on Thursday.

Bashir Issak, UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Programme Coordinator in Kenya, told a news conference in Nairobi that the phase two of the UN joint programme on Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health will be implemented jointly by six UN agencies.

“The programme will target six counties in Kenya which account for the bulk of maternal deaths,” Issak said.

The six counties are Mandera, Migori, Lamu, Wajir, Isiolo and Marsabit which have a maternal mortality rate of between 700 per 100,000 live births to 3,975 per 100,000 live births against the Kenya average of 362 per 100,000 live births.

Issak said the overall objective of the program is bring down the level of maternal deaths of the six high burden counties to within Kenya’s average in the next four years.

The UN agencies involved in the program include the Joint UN Programme on HIV and Aids (UNAIDS), World Bank, UNFPA, UNICEF, World Health Organisation, UN Women.

Issak said enhanced maternal health will be achieved through capacity building of county governments to ensure that every health facility can safely deliver a healthy baby.

The UN will contribute 20 million dollars, while the Danish government will contribute another six million dollars for the programme.

The rest will be source from other donors.

Phase one of the programme which ended in 2016 cost 15 million dollars.

The UN official noted that most of the six counties are lagging behind the rest of Kenya in terms of maternal health due to years of under-investment by previous governments.

“As a result, their social sectors such as health and education have performed poorly as compared to other counties of Kenya,” Issak said.

He added that maternal and child health contributes to 80 percent of primary health needs in the country.


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