UNICEF welcomes Angolan Government campaign to reduce maternal and infant mortality

According to the results of a Government survey released this month, Angola has made significant strides towards reducing maternal and infant mortality since 2002, with the mortality rate for children under five dropping from 250 to 195 per 1,000 live births. During the same period, the maternal mortality ratio decreased from 1,400 to 660 per 100,000 live births.

Despite the report of significant improvement, UNICEF says the situation remains unacceptable, as it puts Angola on par with the least developed countries, despite the fact that its GDP per capita is that of a lower middle income country.

Nevertheless, cost effective solutions do exist, such as improving access to effective obstetric interventions, promoting maternal practices that protect a child’s health, and ensuring that clinics have essential medicines and supplies.

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