Despite an investment of more than $35 billion over the past 7 years, many of the world's poorer countries will not meet the millennium development goals on the health. This is especially true for the aim to cut the maternal mortality rates by three quarters and the death rates in children younger than 5 years by two thirds by 2015, compared to 1990 incidence rates. Worldwide, only 93 countries are on track to meet the Millennium Development Goals, whereas the progress of the other 94 countries (those with the higher mortality and infant mortality rates) is too slow, is stagnating, or is even regressing (in 19). The situation in Africa, in particular Sub-Saharian Africa, is dramatic in that it is in a permanent calamity because of all the major causes of maternal death (haemorrhage, hypertensive disorders, sepsis, abortion, obstructed labour, ectopic pregnancy, embolism) and child mortality (neonatal disorders, pneumonia, infections, malnutrition). In these countries, the health systems either do not exist or are on the point of collapse. Thus, the real priority is to encourage and support poorer countries to develop fully functioning and equitable health systems. To meet such goals, however, money, without political action and training of professionals is not enough.
|Translated title of the contribution||Maternal and child mortality as a marker of global health inequity|
|Title of host publication||Quaderni ACP|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - May 2006|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health