Minister calls for collaborative initiative to reduce maternal, child mortality


The Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, has proposed collaborative initiative and nationwide advocacy with various stakeholders towards reducing maternal and child deaths, and other health related issues.

The minister made the proposal during a media conference to mark school resumption of children across the country.

Tallen said the ministry intended to undertake national level advocacy meeting and sensitisation programmes with the Minister of Health and other relevant stakeholders.

“We will be embarking on advocacy meeting with Executive Governors, Legislators, health policy makers, traditional leaders, Civil Society Organisations on reduction of maternal and child mortality, breast feeding, girl child education.

Others include all forms of violence against children such as ending child marriage, drug addiction, rape and online sexual exploitation, among others.

The ministry also intends to mobilise communities to promote routine immunisation and advocacy activities aimed at educating and sensitising mothers and caregivers on boosting nutritional status of children,” Tallen said.

She said children constituted the foundation on which the future of nations were built, as such their early years of life had a profound impact on their future, health, development, learning and wellbeing.