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                   Ethiopia slashes down maternal mortality

In the far flung corners of the country and rural towns alike many were the mothers that used to lose their life while giving life. For ages due to the misguided policies pursued and inappropriate attention accorded to it, redressing this sad episode didn’t enjoy a meaningful action. In the bygone days for lack of road infrastructure and for want of  close by health facilities, women in labor used to breathe their last while being hauled to health centers over wooden stretchers or on the back of pack animals on rough terrains. To distant health posts many were the instances pregnant women deliver on the road.

Many mothers had passed away while giving birth at the hands of unskilled midwives and unhygienic delivery instruments. Belatedly going to health centers was another problem. Due to lack of awareness male’s active involvement in supporting women in fast getting delivery service was also low.

Though the problem is not scaled down to zero level shortage of water and power in some health centers, specially in those away from towns, were also assailing women giving birth. Sadly in some places in big towns as well women were beset by a similar problem. Infantile mortality was also another problem assailing the country.

Addressing the aforementioned challenges is in the domain of the Millennium Development Goals( MDGs).Cognizant of this fact and towards the betterment of the life of its citizens, with special focus on women and children, Ethiopia is doing its level best to emerge successful setting for itself action plans that tallies with the MDG.

Its effort of reducing maternal death and improving women health via vibrant health policies bearing fruit, Ethiopia has managed to place itself atop the long catalog of African countries striving to turn themselves around in this regard. Reportedly Ethiopia, that connected Woredas and towns with road net works, developing its human resource as well as putting in place much needed infrastructural facilities, is proving exemplary to the whole world. This week Ministry of Health(MoH) and Save the Children so affirmed based on research done in 2014GC regarding the issue .

As compared to the tragic situation in 2000 Ethiopia has emerged successful in slashing maternal mortality by two third in 2014. One out of every 24 mother used to die but now 1 out of every 67 mothers face a death risk. This is an achievement unmatched in Africa.

Over the 3,500 health posts, the over 16 thousand health commands and the innumerable health workers including those that give a door to door service take the credit for the registered success.

Briefing journalists on the annual report here yesterday, Country Director for the Save the Children, John Graham said “ Ethiopia’s achievement in reducing maternal deaths over the last decade is remarkable. But there is a long way to go to address the country’s maternal mortality which is still very high.”

He also underscored the significance of promoting women’s involvement in social, political and economic activities.

Ethiopia than ever before is working to curb maternal health and child mortality. Ministry of Health, Maternal and Child Health Director, Dr. Tewodros Bekele noted “Currently there are 38 thousand health extension workers and two health extension workers give service to five thousand citizens. To fill gaps that could mar the success story being registered in the health sector, a broad-array of activities are envisaged to aggressively address similar problems highly manifest in pastoralist areas and lowlands.”

This year’s the annual State of the World’s Mothers report focuses on mothers in humanitarian crises in order to better understand and respond to their needs.

In some parts of the country some social and cultural practices that makes citizens tardy in and averse to timely going to health centers, wielding a negative influence on citizens, as set backs, are conspiring to make envisaged plans of containing maternal mortality less successful. Such situations ought be aggressively dealt with.

 

Dr .Twedros said “In so far as the objective of the government is ensuring the health of citizens exhaustively examining all options, it will render Ethiopia beneficiary of a better health development.

 

The role media people played in sensitizing the public via video footages and publications are also attributable to the gained success.

 

It is obvious that in tandem with the sensitization work that results in an upswing to mothers delivering in health centers there is a call for coming up ample health professionals,sufficient pharmaceuticals and delivery rooms.

 

Though the registered achievement is heartening the country must not leave its door ajar for complacency,for there are still places where rough terrains pose a challenge on women in need of a delivery service. Fostering ambulance services at some places even in towns seems imperative.//

 

 

 

 

 

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Pertaining to the remaining challenges that need to be addressed to sustain and accelerate Ethiopia’s progress, social and cultural barriers preventing mothers form accessing services,shortage of skilled birth attendants,inadequate availability of drugs ,rapid turnover of highly trained professionals and among others. Country Director for the Save the Children, John Graham said

 

 

 

               

 

 

 

                   Ethiopia slashes down maternal mortality

In the far flung corners of the country and rural towns alike many were the mothers that used to lose their life while giving life. For ages due to the misguided policies pursued and inappropriate attention accorded to it, redressing this sad episode didn’t enjoy a meaningful action. In the bygone days for lack of road infrastructure and for want of  close by health facilities, women in labor used to breathe their last while being hauled to health centers over wooden stretchers or on the back of pack animals on rough terrains. To distant health posts many were the instances pregnant women deliver on the road.

Many mothers had passed away while giving birth at the hands of unskilled midwives and unhygienic delivery instruments. Belatedly going to health centers was another problem. Due to lack of awareness male’s active involvement in supporting women in fast getting delivery service was also low.

Though the problem is not scaled down to zero level shortage of water and power in some health centers, specially in those away from towns, were also assailing women giving birth. Sadly in some places in big towns as well women were beset by a similar problem. Infantile mortality was also another problem assailing the country.

Addressing the aforementioned challenges is in the domain of the Millennium Development Goals( MDGs).Cognizant of this fact and towards the betterment of the life of its citizens, with special focus on women and children, Ethiopia is doing its level best to emerge successful setting for itself action plans that tallies with the MDG.

Its effort of reducing maternal death and improving women health via vibrant health policies bearing fruit, Ethiopia has managed to place itself atop the long catalog of African countries striving to turn themselves around in this regard. Reportedly Ethiopia, that connected Woredas and towns with road net works, developing its human resource as well as putting in place much needed infrastructural facilities, is proving exemplary to the whole world. This week Ministry of Health(MoH) and Save the Children so affirmed based on research done in 2014GC regarding the issue .

As compared to the tragic situation in 2000 Ethiopia has emerged successful in slashing maternal mortality by two third in 2014. One out of every 24 mother used to die but now 1 out of every 67 mothers face a death risk. This is an achievement unmatched in Africa.

Over the 3,500 health posts, the over 16 thousand health commands and the innumerable health workers including those that give a door to door service take the credit for the registered success.

Briefing journalists on the annual report here yesterday, Country Director for the Save the Children, John Graham said “ Ethiopia’s achievement in reducing maternal deaths over the last decade is remarkable. But there is a long way to go to address the country’s maternal mortality which is still very high.”

He also underscored the significance of promoting women’s involvement in social, political and economic activities.

Ethiopia than ever before is working to curb maternal health and child mortality. Ministry of Health, Maternal and Child Health Director, Dr. Tewodros Bekele noted “Currently there are 38 thousand health extension workers and two health extension workers give service to five thousand citizens. To fill gaps that could mar the success story being registered in the health sector, a broad-array of activities are envisaged to aggressively address similar problems highly manifest in pastoralist areas and lowlands.”

This year’s the annual State of the World’s Mothers report focuses on mothers in humanitarian crises in order to better understand and respond to their needs.

In some parts of the country some social and cultural practices that makes citizens tardy in and averse to timely going to health centers, wielding a negative influence on citizens, as set backs, are conspiring to make envisaged plans of containing maternal mortality less successful. Such situations ought be aggressively dealt with.

 

Dr .Twedros said “In so far as the objective of the government is ensuring the health of citizens exhaustively examining all options, it will render Ethiopia beneficiary of a better health development.

 

The role media people played in sensitizing the public via video footage and publications are also attributable to the gained success.

 

It is obvious that in tandem with the sensitization work that results in an upswing to mothers delivering in health centers there is a call for coming up ample health professionals,sufficient pharmaceuticals and delivery rooms.

 

Though the registered achievement is heartening the country must not leave its door ajar for complacency,for there are still places where rough terrains pose a challenge on women in need of a delivery service. Fostering ambulance services at some places even in towns seems imperative.//

 

 

 

 

 

Quotation of the day

Pertaining to the remaining challenges that need to be addressed to sustain and accelerate Ethiopia’s progress, social and cultural barriers preventing mothers form accessing services,shortage of skilled birth attendants,inadequate availability of drugs ,rapid turnover of highly trained professionals and among others. Country Director for the Save the Children, John Graham said