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On 8 May, women and their babies queue outside the maternity ward of Kissidougou Hospital in the town of Kissidougou, in the south-eastern Guinea Forestière Region. The women all gave birth via caesarean section, a service that was previously unavailable. Caesareans are now provided free through a recently implemented government programme, part of efforts to reduce the country’s high maternal mortality rate.

From 5 to 9 May 2010, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow visited Guinea to help draw attention to critical issues affecting children and families, and to review UNICEF-supported efforts on their behalf. Children face heightened risks due to severely weakened public health services, widespread poverty, persistent food insecurity and political and economic turmoil. Fewer than 10 per cent of Guineans have access to basic health services, and over 70 per cent of the population lives on less than US $1.25 per day. Essential medicines are in short supply, threatening recent improvements in children’s health and contributing to the resurgence of several preventable childhood diseases. Some 1,080 cases of measles were reported last year, following a year with no known measles cases, and from May to December there were 37 confirmed cases of polio, a disease that was previously eradicated from the country. Maternal mortality and malnutrition rates are also high, and primary school enrolment rates, currently at 50 per cent, are falling. Ms. Farrow visited UNICEF-supported sites in Conakry, the capital, and in the south-eastern Guinea Forestière Region, including schools, and health facilities. She also met with young mothers participating in a government-supported programme to improve maternal health care, with youth groups, and with women subjected to sexual or domestic violence. Ms. Farrow also helped launch a peace-building project being implemented as part of a broader United Nations initiative to reduce young people’s involvement in political violence. U
On 8 May, women and their babies queue outside the maternity ward of Kissidougou Hospital in the town of Kissidougou, in the south-eastern Guinea Forestière Region. The women all gave birth via caesarean section, a service that was previously unavailable. Caesareans are now provided free through a recently implemented government programme, part of efforts to reduce the country’s high maternal mortality rate. From 5 to 9 May 2010, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow visited Guinea to help draw attention to critical issues affecting children and families, and to review UNICEF-supported efforts on their behalf. Children face heightened risks due to severely weakened public health services, widespread poverty, persistent food insecurity and political and economic turmoil. Fewer than 10 per cent of Guineans have access to basic health services, and over 70 per cent of the population lives on less than US $1.25 per day. Essential medicines are in short supply, threatening recent improvements in children’s health and contributing to the resurgence of several preventable childhood diseases. Some 1,080 cases of measles were reported last year, following a year with no known measles cases, and from May to December there were 37 confirmed cases of polio, a disease that was previously eradicated from the country. Maternal mortality and malnutrition rates are also high, and primary school enrolment rates, currently at 50 per cent, are falling. Ms. Farrow visited UNICEF-supported sites in Conakry, the capital, and in the south-eastern Guinea Forestière Region, including schools, and health facilities. She also met with young mothers participating in a government-supported programme to improve maternal health care, with youth groups, and with women subjected to sexual or domestic violence. Ms. Farrow also helped launch a peace-building project being implemented as part of a broader United Nations initiative to reduce young people’s involvement in political violence. U
24 Nov 2015

Maternal deaths fell 44% since 1990 !

Report from WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank Group and the United Nations Population Division highlights progress   NEW YORK/GENEVA/WASHINGTON, 12…

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