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Help stop maternal and child deaths: sign the pledgeJuly 9, 2008
Will you urge the Australian government to take action to improve maternal health and reduce child mortality and save the lives of 75,000 children and 15,000 women each year? The Institute’s Specific Issues Committee, Women and Poverty highlights the Millennium Development Goals concerning these issues and encourages readers to consider possible action.
Sign the pledge and urge government action to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health.
According to the Make Poverty History and World Vision 2007 Proposal for an Australian Regional Health and Education Initiative, if Australia does its fair share we have the potential to save, on average, the lives of 75,000 children and 15,000 women each year. Make Poverty History urges Australians to sign the pledge and send a message to our political leaders urging government action to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health.
Millennium Development Goals
- Goal 4 – Reduce the mortality rate among children under five by two thirds.
- Goal 5 – Improve maternal health and reduce by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio.
According to UNICEF, a woman dies from complications in childbirth every minute – about 529,000 each year – the vast majority of them in developing countries.
A woman in sub-Saharan Africa has a 1 in 16 chance of dying in pregnancy or childbirth, compared to a 1 in 4,000 risk in a developing country – the largest difference between poor and rich countries of any health indicator.” Further Information: UNICEF, Improve Maternal Health
In Papua New Guinea (PNG), maternal and infant mortality rates are disturbingly high, but they are even higher in remote and rural areas. Sister of Mercy, Maureen Sexton, an experienced nurse and midwife from Victoria, provides an insight into the situation in the North Fly District in PNG’s Western Province. With support from Mercy Works Inc., Maureen has been working here since 2003. DOWNLOAD AN ARTICLE HERE.
Further Information: Millennium Campaign, No Excuse 2015 Voices Against Poverty.
Have you signed the petition yet?
From: Specific Issues Committee, Women and Poverty (Sisters Leonie Crotty, Miriam Grech, Angela Reed, Anne Ryan). The Committee warmly invites your response to the article or the issue.
Contact: Carmel Heagerty RSM, Institute Justice Co-ordinator