Africa Campaign to accelerate the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality During the activities of the African Union Summit, the group Women of African and the Organization of First Ladies urged the acceleration of the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality. Therefore, this campaign continues being the center of attention for the population of Equatorial Guinea.

13/07/2011

With the slogan, "No woman should die for giving life", the purpose of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs and those associated with this health implementation is to reduce the maternal and infant mortality rate by 50% in 2010, by 75% in 2015 and by 80% in 2020.

The approach of this campaign is to get every pregnant woman to go to the prenatal visits in order to avoid complications during the pregnancy and childbirth. Among other measures, it is recommended that they try to sleep under a mosquito net impregnated with insecticide and to take their three doses of Fansidar, a medicine that is free, in order to prevent malaria during the pregnancy.

It is also recommended to plan to have the child in a healthcare center that has trained personnel, and afterwards to go to the post-natal visit to check in this way its health, vaccinating the baby and planning her next pregnancy.

Text and photo: Sarilusi Tarifa King.

Equatorial Guinea's Press and Information Office (D. G. Base Internet).