Jiongeze Tuwavushe Salama Campaign - #EveryChildAlive
Addressing maternal and newborn health in Tanzania
What is UNICEF doing for maternal and child health?
The aim of the campaign is to engage the larger public in a discussion around newborn survival issues, thereby making them realise that they have an important role to play in making sure that every newborn survives and thrives.
Today in Tanzania, more than 300 children under-5 die every day from preventable causes like diarrhoea, pneumonia. Of these, 40 per cent of deaths happen in the first month of a child’s life. Maternal mortality also remains stubbornly high in the country. More than 8,200 mothers die every year from pregnancy-related causes or during childbirth.
Simple, affordable solutions exist, but they are not reaching the mothers and children who need them the most – those living in the most disadvantaged areas, enduring the harshest conditions. The Government of Tanzania and UNICEF work closely to try to change this picture – ensuring that every child born gets a fair start in life, thrives and develops to his or her full potential.
We need the support of all Tanzanian's. Creating awareness on the issue of child survival and generating demand for access to quality health services is critical.
Tanzania has significantly reduced deaths among children under 5 years of age. However, similar progress has not been made in the reduction of newborn and maternal mortality which remain consistently high. "Around 8000 mothers die each year from pregnancy-related causes or during childbirth..." - Kyaw Myint Aung, Chief of Health, UNICEF. We need the support of all Tanzanian's. Creating awareness on the issue of child survival and generating demand for access to quality health services is critical. #JiongezeTuwavusheSalamaPosted by Elimu Ya Afya on Tuesday, February 26, 2019