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Early childbearing major cause of maternal mortality

ARTHUR MWANSA, Lusaka
MINISTRY of Community Development, Mother and Child Health permanent secretary Elwyn Chomba has said that early childbearing is a major contributor to maternal mortality and poor health.
Dr Chomba said this recently when she officially opened the Global Consultation on Female Condoms Conference in Lusaka under the theme “Putting Women’s Health First”.
She, however, said Zambia, like many other developing countries has made tremendous achievements in improving maternal, child and adolescent health.
Dr Chomba said there has been concerted efforts and significant milestone in reducing maternal death, adding that recent the Demographic and Health Survey indicates high adolescent fertility rates that need to be addressed urgently and reflect on unmet need for family planning.
“For female condoms, the barriers are even and much needs to be done to increase their supply and use. We also recognise that early childbearing is a major contributor to maternal mortality and poor health outcomes.
“There is need to target most vulnerable population groups including adolescent girls that have the high unmet needs for family planning,” Dr Chomba
She said improving access to female condoms and comprehensive package of reproductive health is critical and it is about upholding the rights of women and men to choose and empowering them to take control of their lives.

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