Population and Development§ Over 60% of the worlds population live in Asia and the Pacific region§ 6 out of the worlds 10 most populous countries are in Asia: Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan and Pakistan§ Over the past 20 years, Asia has shown a rapid decline in population growth rates and fertility levels§ However because of Asias huge population base, half the worlds annual population growth occurs in Asia
HIV and AIDS in Asia§ 8.6 million people are living with HIV or AIDS in Asia, and about 1 million people become newly infected each year.§ 630,000 persons died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2006 in the region§ The number of people receiving antiretroviral therapy (ARV) has increased more than three- fold since 2003; this represents about 16% of the total number of people in need of ARV in Asia.
Gender-Based ViolenceGender-based violence is a critical issue in Asia§ Early marriage§ Human trafficking§ Physical and sexual violence§ Forced abortion, infanticide and domestic violence associated with boy preferenceDespite high prevalence of gender-based violence,physical, mental and social care system is still lacking.
Where do Maternal, Newborn and Child deathsoccur? Source: Black et al (2003)
Maternal mortality: an indicator of exclusion and disempowerment
The Cost of Giving Birth§ Over 300 million women in developing countries suffer from complications of pregnancy and delivery§ 536,000 die each year – one woman every minute; 11 million deaths since the launch of the Safe Motherhood Initiative in 1987§ 8.5 million deaths per year among mothers, newborns and stillborn – HIV causes 2.9 million deaths per year§ For every woman who dies, between 20 and 50 experience a long or short-term morbidity§ At least 2 million women living with OF and up to 100,000 new cases each year
Maternal Mortality Ratio estimates by United Nations MDGregions (WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and The World Bank, 2007) Region MMR (maternal deaths Number of Lifetime risk of per 100,00 live births) maternal deaths maternal deathWORLD TOTAL 400 536 000 92Developed regions 9 960 7 300Countries of the commonwealth of 51 1 800 1 200independent states (CIS)Developing regions 450 533 000 75 Africa 820 276 000 26 § Northern Africa 160 5 700 210 § Sub-Saharan Africa 900 270 000 22 Asia 330 241 000 120 § Eastern Asia 50 1 200 31 § South Asia 490 188 000 61 § South-Eastern Asia 300 35 000 130 § Western Asia 160 8 300 170 Latin America and the Caribbean 130 15 000 290 Oceania 430 890 62
Vast inequities§ Greatest disparity of any health indicator between industrialized and developing countries § Lifetime risk: 1 in 16 in sub-Saharan Africa 1 in 46 in South-central Asia 1 in 2800 in more developed countries§ Disparities within countries between the poorest and wealthiest women
Effective interventions exist - they need to reach more people Maternal deaths would fall by 73% if coverage of key interventions rose to 99% Improved access to comprehensive essential obstetric care HemorrhageImproved access to safe abortion services Puerperal Infection Active management in third stage of Eclampsia labor Obstructed Labour Magnesium sulphate for pre-eclampsia Abortion Complications Treatment for iron deficiency Malaria Anemia Drugs for preventing malaria Tetanus 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% deaths averted (as % current total)
So it s an issue of inequity… women die because they are poor
Strategy for Reduction of Maternal Mortality andMorbidity 1. All women have access to contraception to avoid unwanted pregnancies and to plan their families 2. All pregnant women have access to skilled care at the time of birth 3. All those with complications have timely access to quality emergency obstetric care
Family planning§ 200 million women with unmet need for family planning§ Family planning estimated to reduce maternal mortality by 25 to 30%§ Based on 2000 estimates, 90% of abortion- related and 20% of obstetric related deaths could have been averted if needs for family planning were met
Skilled Birth Attendance (SBA) § Skilled attendance - a skilled provider (midwife, doctor, nurse) working in an enabling environment § Provide a continuum of care: family planning, pregnancy, birth, postnatal care § Urgent need for more skilled attendants and to improve their working environment § Only 59% of births by SBA in developing countries80% of maternal deaths during/right after delivery
Emergency obstetric care (EmOC) § Needs to be available 24 hours a day § Needs to be accessible – transport, cost § Strengthening EmOC, as part of health systems § Facilities, equipment, supplies § Human resources 15% of women will § Quality of care experience a complication during pregnancy or childbirth
But it is also about education and women sempowerment§ Gender based violence is another important cause of maternal mortality§ Midwives are a key health workforce to fight maternal, newborn and child mortality – but midwives are usually women and suffer the same gender biases and lack of protection§ Countries with high maternal mortality usually have low girls enrollment in schools and fewer midwives (skilled birth attendants) – if girls cannot go to school and finish their secondary education, how can they become university trained midwives of nurses or doctors?
Country example: Addressing obstetric fistula – acommon complication of childbirth -- in Bangladesh§ Over 900 women with obstetric fistula treated since 2003§ 2000 skilled birth attendants trained between 2002 and 2006§ 73 doctors & 60 nurses trained in fistula care since 2003§ National fistula centre established, to be regional Centre of Excellence§ Reintegration centre established§ Outreach camps held at 7 regional medical college hospitals
Maternal mortality recognized as one of the 7Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)§ Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger§ Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education§ Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women§ Goal 4: Reduce child mortality§ Goal 5: Improve maternal health§ Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases§ Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
MDG 5: Improve Maternal Health§ Target: Reduce maternal mortality ratios by 75% from 1990 levels § Indicators: § Maternal mortality ratio § Proportion of births attended by skilled personnel§ Target: Universal access to reproductive health § Indicators (still to be endorsed): § Age-specific fertility rate for women aged 15 to 19 § Contraceptive prevalence rate (move from MDG 6) § Unmet need for family planning § Proportion of women attending antenatal care (1 and 4+)
Global initiatives to address maternal, newborn and child mortality
The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn andChild Health § Launched in September 2005 as a global health partnership merging the w ü ü ü § Focus on mothers and children to support efforts toward achieving MDGs 4 and 5 § More than 180 partner organizations
Global Campaign for the Health MDGs§ Launched jointly by the United Kingdom & Norway, and joined by Canada, France and Germany to build high level political thrust around all health MDGs - and in particular MDGs 4 & 5
The Global Campaign for the Health MDGs –the International Health Partnership (IHP)§ Led by the United Kingdom: Accelerate action to scale up coverage and use of health services (through public, private or non-governmental channels); deliver improved outcomes against the health related MDGs and universal access commitments. No new institutions or funding streams.
The Global Campaign for the Health MDGs –what are the possible consequences for MNCH?Led by Norway:More action:§ Do more for women and children. Development of a set of new initiatives, most of which aim to accelerate progress on MDGs 4 & 5 (“Deliver Now for Women and Children”, “Catalytic Initiative”, “Global Network of Leaders ”, “Performance Based Financing”, “Providing for Health Initiative”)Invest more:§ More resources for MNCH health, at national and global levels will be raised§ Innovative sources of financing will be sought§ Invest in a more effective way to produce results
The Global Campaign for the Health MDGs –The Initiative to Save a Million Lives§ Led by Canada in partnership with UNICEF, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The World Bank and others§ Will strengthen health systems by training frontline health workers and delivering affordable healthcare services directly to local communities.§ Will deliver basic, cost-effective and life-saving health services to mothers and children in countries where the needs are greatest
The Global Campaign for the Health MDGs –Deliver Now for Women + Children advocacy drive§ Called by the Prime Minister of Norway with support from others to build a high level political thrust and mobilization of resources to facilitate the attainment of MDGs 4 & 5§ Launched in New York Sept 26, 2007§ Coordinated by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health§ Purpose: ü Mobilizing public support and stimulating positive behaviors that reduce maternal, newborn and child deaths; ü Generating political support for key messages and actions to improve maternal, newborn and child health; ü Raising significant new money for maternal, newborn and child health as an integrated issue, in line with country-led efforts to improve health systems and achieve MDGs 4 and 5.
Deliver Now for Women + Children: Launch (I) Norway pledges $1 billion for MDGs 4 & 5 at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York on Sept. 26, 2007.
Deliver Now for Women + Children: Launch (II) Public Rally for Deliver Now in Bryant Park, NY: Grammy winner Chaka Khan (right) performs.
Deliver Now for Women + Children: Launch (III) Celebrity endorsements for Deliver Now: Nicole Kidman, Chaka Khan, Liya Kebede, Ricki Lake
Deliver Now for Women + Children: Launch (IV) UN leaders, heads of state, and global activists at the Deliver Now launch on Sept. 26 in New York
Deliver Now for Women + Children: Web Asking for civil society support: www.delivernow.org
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Art for Health – Empowering Women§ Contemporary art, by Italian artist Elisabetta Farina, funded by WHO§ Uses art to increase awareness about reproductive health issues§ Promotes action towards the improvement of women s sexual and reproductive health conditions around the world
Art for Health – Empowering Women§ Difference in reproductive health status is the biggest social injustice of our time§ The paintings send Stara Thomas, Singer, Tanzania positive messages for greater gender equity§ Encourage the viewer to see this women as willing and capable partners to advance womens health Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization
Art for Health – Empowering WomenExhibits around the world:§ June 2007- Rome (Italy)§ October 2007- London (UK), Cape Town (South Africa)§ Jan-Mar 2008: tour around the US§ April 2008: Auction by Christies
Countdown to 2015§ The Countdown to 2015 group was established to implement an overall mechanism for accountability, recognize accomplishments in child survival at the country-level, and convene a series of meetings every two years to evaluate progress§ In 2008, the Countdown to 2015 will include MDGs 4 and 5 for the first time§ It will take place in April parallel to the 118th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Cape Town, South Africa
What will the Asian women parliamentariansand ministers do to join the growing globalawareness that ending maternal mortality is also about demonstrating the benefits of healthy, educated women to the future of humanity?
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