News child mortality data shows East and southern Africa are making the fastest progress on reducing child deaths – and this bodes well as the world ushers in new development goals, write UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and southern Africa Leila Gharagozloo-Pakkala and Save the Children East Africa Director David Wright.
The global goal of getting 15 million people on life-saving antiretroviral (ARV) treatment has been met nine months early, the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS) announced today.
South African born Dr. Matshidiso Moeti yesterday became the World Health’s Organisation’s (WHO) Regional Director for Africa. As she takes the reigns of one of the WHO’s most important offices at a pivotal time, the doctor from KwaThema east of Johannesburg says she has never forgotten the lessons South Africa taught her.
JOHANNESBURG ‘ Each year, about three million of the 7.7-million children who die before reaching their fifth birthday are newborns who do not survive their first four weeks of life. This situation has led to the top health agencies and child experts meeting in South Africa to formulate what will become the Global Newborn Action Plan.
BERLIN ‘ Unless South Africa takes action to prevent and rapidly treat childhood pneumonia ‘ the biggest killer of children under five in developing countries ‘ reducing infant mortality and reaching Millennium Development Goal 4 will remain a pipedream.
About 75 000 children under the age of five die in South Africa each year. This means that about 200 South African children die every day. HIV accounts for most of the deaths, and compared with countries of similar economies, South Africa is not doing well to care for its babies.