Empower women, urges Inonge

VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina says it is important to empower women with birth control measures to enable them space children, reduce complications and maternal deaths.
Mrs Wina said this in a speech read for her by Minister of Health Joseph Kasonde at the Maternal Death Surveillance and Response (MDSR) national meeting at Government Complex in Lusaka yesterday, noting that the birth of a baby should be a joyous end to a pregnancy for the mother and her family.
“This function of giving life carries with it a number of possible outcomes, including grave risks of death and disability for the mother and her baby,” Mrs Wina said.
Mrs Wina said the MDSR is an approach that provides the means to understand the underlying causes and factors that lead to maternal deaths and develop solutions to save lives.
“MDSR facilitates gathering of information and allows for its strategic use in guiding public health actions and monitoring the impact those actions,” she said.

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