Africa's high rates of maternal and child mortality could be solved through the development of a bio-fortified genetically modified banana as preliminary results of a joint research project between Ugandan and Australian scientists have proved positive.
Two years spent training traditional birth attendants in remote rural areas has allowed Rwanda to reduce the country's maternal mortality rate, says the country's health department.
Just days before the UN Millennium Development Goal (MDG) summit, Andrew Mitchell, the UK’s International Development Secretary, announced a change in direction, putting women and children at the centre of its aid policy. This shift will double the number of female and newborn lives saved by 2015, Mitchell will tell the assembled heads of state in New York on 20-22 September.
Campaigners for increased health financing welcome the commitment by African Union member states to direct more resources to health. But the needs of the continent seem to dwarf available budgets.
Activists are pulling out all the stops ahead of a development summit at UN headquarters on 20-22 September. Pro-aid and anti-poverty lobbyists are trying everything from giant letters to banging pans to raise awareness of the high-level event.
Over $32 billion is needed for Africa to reduce maternal deaths and deaths of children under five.
Members of the African Union (AU) reaffirmed at the end of their meeting on 27 July in Kampala, Uganda, that they would strive to spend 15 percent of their national budgets on health, but at the end of the day it is about how "effectively and efficiently" you spend the money, not about how much.
African heads of state yesterday adopted eight new resolutions on addressing maternal and child deaths across the continent including renewing an earlier commitment made in Abuja in 2001.
Save the Children commends African heads of state for pledging at the African Union summit to take concrete actions to reduce maternal and child mortality in their countries. Now they must follow through, the international humanitarian agency said.
Selection of documentaries on key Child Rights issues in Africa from various sources.