Ghana takes further steps to attain MDGs goal Five

By Lawrence Quartey

Posted on June 14, 2011 09:20

A civil sector initiative launched in Ghana to mobilise public funding for the attainment of goal Five of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), has been hailed in many circles as a major boost.??

Goal “Five” of the United Nations MDGs called for improvement in maternal health ratio by 75 per cent by 2015, but inadequate funding from Government has been identified as a major obstacle to its realization in Ghana.

And civil society backed by other stakeholders from the health sector in recent past have expressed concern about deductions being made by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and leading health authorities that Ghana would not meet goal 5 of the MDG target.


The funds to be mobilized from the crusade, dubbed: “Maternal Health: Our Right”, will be used to address the inadequate access to maternal health care services, support maternal health data centres and persuade families against home deliveries.

Education will also be intensified for pregnant women on the importance of recognising danger signs and seeking early care as well as create avenues for greater civil sector collaboration with the Ghana Medical Association to ensure prompt response and improve maternal health care.

The initiative is also expected to inject dynamism into the country following Government’s declaration of maternal mortality as a national emergency.

Latest statistics from the Ghana Maternal Health Survey estimated a maternal mortality rate of 580 deaths per 100,000 live births.

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