AU builds common platform for African champions of maternal health

Aims to bring all find new MNCH Champions and bring together all MNCH information in Africa

12 NOVEMBER 2012 - The African Union’s Commissioner for Social Affairs, H.E Dr Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko has launched a new website for its Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal, Newborn and Child Mortality in Africa (CARMMA) –

The new website which has been pulled together by a team in the Department of Social Affairs promotes maternal and newborn survival, and provides evidence on progress in achieving the targets African leaders have set.

In launching the site the Commissioner said: “The African Union continues to play a critical role in promoting issues of maternal, newborn and child survival and placing it high on the African political agenda. I am delighted, therefore, to be launching this website which is a culmination of the work of many African and International champions of maternal, child and newborn health. “With the launch of the CARMMA website we hope to bring together in one place evidence and information on maternal, newborn and child survival across the continent. We also hope to showcase the champions that are working to give African mothers and their babies a future.

Personal stories to send in

“We invite visitors to the site to identify individuals and send in stories, detailing their local, national or continent-wide maternal survival champions. We know that there are many men and women, health workers, officials, community leaders as well as political leaders that are, on a day-to-day basis, working to save the lives of women and children.

“Whoever and wherever they are – if they are playing a role in saving mothers lives, then send us a photo and a story, and we will try our best to feature them on this site. By that means we hope to bring together an army of CARMMA champions across the continent. The refresh of the was funded by UK aid as part of the Evidence for Action (E4A) programme.

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