Government says it is committed to updating and fully implementing a variety of policies to accelerate the reduction of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality in the country.
Minister of Health Peter Kumpalume made the remarks yesterday when he opened a partnership for maternal, newborn and child health (PMNCH) meeting in Lilongwe.
He observed that PMNCH plays a big role not only in advocating, but also in holding “all of us accountable for delivering better healthcare to our people.”
Said Kumpalume: “The partnership has come at an opportune time when the Malawi Government… is preaching about demographic dividend. The government has put in place several strategies to ensure that no woman dies from pregnancy-related complications.”
The minister also said government is preventing young people from marrying early through introduction and opening of rural technical colleges.
PMNCH executive director Helga Fogstad commended government for implementing various initiatives to increase sexual and reproductive health rights uptake.
He emphasised the need for collaborative efforts if the country is to achieve its goal.