Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn Health: Your Views Are Needed!

The Department for International Development (DFID) has announced its commitment to ensuring every pregnancy in the developing world is wanted, and every birth is safe… but to do this, they need your views.

The DFID have created a survey to find out more about which issues people think they should try to tackle first (reducing unsafe abortions, increasing availability of contraception etc.), which countries they should prioritise (those where the poorer members of society find it hard to access health care, for example) and how women’s rights can be improved.

Failure to address the issues of family planning, adolescent fertility, unsafe abortion, delivery and antenatal carecontributes to up to 1,000 women dying needlessly in pregnancy, during childbirth or due to an unsafe abortion every day.

The decision to open up the consultation to the public has come after Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell declared reproductive, maternal and newborn health to be “the most off-track of all the Millennium Development Goals.” Mitchell also promises that, to get things back on track, “DFID will now have an unprecedented focus on family planning, which will be hard-wired into all our country programmes.”

Please make your voice heard and take a few moments to fill out the questionnaire HERE. The results will help prioritise the government’s work in following through on its G8 pledge to improve the health and well-being of women and children in the developing world – so the few moments of your time really will be worth it!

The SURVEY will run until Tuesday, October 20.

By: Sarah Barnes, 14.08.2010 | Comments (0)
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