DOREEN NAWA, Lusaka
FORMER South African First Lady Graca Machel is impressed with Zambiaâ€™s progress in addressing issues relating to maternal mortality.
Mrs Machel, who is Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) chairperson, said her organisation has acknowledged Zambiaâ€™s success in addressing issues of maternal, new-born and child health.
She said Zambia has managed to bring together all the partners involved in maternal and child health.
Mrs Machel was speaking in Lusaka yesterday at a media round-table, ahead of todayâ€™s PMNCHâ€™s 17th board meeting taking place at Intercontinental Hotel.
The board meeting will be the first global event for reproductive, maternal, new-born, child and adolescents health community, following the adoption of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the 2016-2030 global strategy for womenâ€™s, childrenâ€™s and adolescentsâ€™ health at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly last month.
Commenting on the SDGs, Mrs Machel said for countries to achieve the maximum results, there is need for concerted efforts from all players in various communities and organisations in every country.
â€œItâ€™s a business of community, research institutions, traditional leaders and all players have to sit together and take responsibility. It is not a Government responsibility alone,â€ Mrs Machel said.
Earlier, minister of Health Joseph Kasonde said Zambia is determined to do its best in the SDGs just like the progress the country made in the millennium development goals (MDGs).
Dr Kasonde said Zambiaâ€™s progress in addressing maternal mortality is a collective responsibility.
He said Zambia reduced considerably cases of maternal health except for neonatal, which has been a challenge for many years.
â€œWhen we talk of neonatal mortality, we may not have achieved what we wanted. It has always been a difficult bit but itâ€™s on the way also,â€ Dr Kasonde said.
DOREEN NAWA, Lusaka