Global conference ends with call for more action to reduce maternal deathsListen /
The Global Maternal Health Conference concluded in Arusha, Tanzania, on Thursday with calls for more to be done to reduce maternal mortality.
In an exclusive interview with UN Radio, Tanzania's Deputy Minister for Health Dr. Seif Rashid said participants reported challenges in areas such as the availability of services, accessibility and customer care.
However, he added that they also shared best practices, including ways to make clinic visits more pleasant for expectant mothers.
"Pregnant mothers, given the support to attend the clinic very early, approximately over 80 per cent or 90 per cent who are attending the first ante-natal visit, but then they fail to attend the second and third. The customer care has been mentioned quite a lot, and reception should be very good and ensure that she is pleased to come back in the next visit. But if the language isn't good and the approach is not good, definitely the mother won't appear to come on the second visit."
Policy makers, scientists, researchers and activists from nearly 60 countries attended the three-day conference.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.