- Published on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 04:39
- Written by ALVAR MWAKYUSA
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THE government will continue to demonstrate a strong political commitment to achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) number four and five towards reducing child mortality and maternal health respectively.
Deputy Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Dr Seif Rashid, said in a speech read on his behalf by Assistant Director for Reproductive and Child Health Division, Dr Neema Rusubamayila that despite efforts to reduce child mortality, there is still work to be done to achieve the goal.
"While under-five mortality in Tanzania has decreased to 112 deaths per 1,000 live births, up to 47 per cent of children die in the neo-natal period or during the first month of life," Dr Rashid said. Dr Rashid made the remarks while officiating at a dissemination workshop of the Morogoro Evaluation Project held in Dar es Salaam on Monday.
At the heart of discussion was a paper titled; "Evaluation of Integrated Maternal and Newborn Health Care Programme in Morogoro Region.” The meeting drew experts to share research findings and discuss meaningful policies to address maternal and newborn health in Tanzania.
It was sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and organised by partners within the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS). The other partner is the Johns Hopkins University as well as the Johns Hopkins Programme for International Education in Gynaecology and Obstetrics (Jhpiego).
"We have presented findings that we hope will spark countrywide discussion on how best to address opportunities in meeting women’s needs during pregnancy, at birth and the months following birth,” said Prof Japhet Killewo, who is overseeing the study on behalf of MUHAS.
The partnership between local and international researchers and implementers was started in 2011 with the aim of collaborating on a maternal health intervention and evaluation in Morogoro Region.
The main objective of the evaluation is to monitor and document the implementation of an integrated health intervention package in Morogoro Region and to provide timely feedback about access, coverage, and quality of essential maternal newborn and child health interventions.