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Kaseba talks maternal deaths at UN

From BRIAN MALAMA in New York, USA
FIRST Lady Christine Kaseba says expectant mothers should have equal access to good medical care to prevent unnecessary maternal deaths.
Dr Kaseba told an International Women’s Forum on the sidelines of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly here on Monday that it is unacceptable for expectant mothers to die due to lack of information and access to medical care.
“These women are dying in developing countries because they do not have access to health care or simply do not have information to help them through,” Dr Kaseba said.
She, however, said Zambia has made significant progress to reduce maternal deaths by 41 percent from 1990 to 2011.
The ratios have drastically gone down from about 500 to 287 maternal deaths.
She said Government is working on modalities such as e-health in navigating safer means of childbirth and maternal health.
Dr Kaseba said this during the launch of the Zero Mothers Die campaign.
Dr Kaseba also said social media has played a significant role in facilitating discourse on maternal health and information system.
“The Ministry of Health in Zambia has launched the mobile health project to bring on board the launch of Zero Mothers Die campaign for it will be sustained for Government to take up ownership,” Dr Kaseba said.
She implored governments in developing countries to embrace these innovations in terms of easy reach and efficient communication with health providers to save lives.
Zero Mothers Die is a global partnership initiative to save the lives of pregnant women, new mothers and their babies using mobile technologies.
Zero Mothers Die founder Amir Dossal said: “Our aim is to reduce maternal mortality by using mobile technologies and cross-sectorial partnerships to support pregnant women and local health workers to overcome barriers to maternal, newborn and child health.”
Former First Lady of England, Cherry Blair called on women entrepreneurs in Africa to engage women in sustainable and viable means of survival as opposed to giving them handouts.
Meanwhile, Government   has congratulated First Lady Christine Kaseba on being honoured first special envoy of Electronic Health (e-health) by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) reports, ALVIN CHIINGA.
Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Joseph Katema said the recognition adds to the growing list of international accolades that Dr Kaseba has achieved so far.
“These achievements she continues to receive, for her passion, love and selfless service, above and beyond the normal call of duty, particularly in championing the welfare and well-being of women and children show her hard work,” he said.

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