Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Zanzibar Keen On Reducing Maternal Mortality

Zanzibar — ZANZIBAR Ministry of Health has said it would ensure the progress made in reducing maternal mortality during delivery time becomes sustainable to achieve the millennium goals.

The Planning Director of Policy and Research in the ministry, Mr Abdullatif Haji made the remarks in a one-day meeting to close a five-year project called MAISHA held at the Grand Palace Hotel in Zanzibar saying that the efforts to enhance the health of mother and child need to be promoted.

The director commended the progress made in reducing deaths from 377 in 2012 to 221 at present.

He said the government will continue with the same strategy in collaboration with various stakeholders including MAISHA project that has been able to help reduce deaths by 50 per cent in Zanzibar and Pemba islands.

"Our goal is to make sure no parent dies during childbirth, " he stressed. The director said the project, which is managed by Jhpiego Zanzibar institution under the auspices of the United States Agency for International Development USAID has liberated society by educating the importance of mothers to be taken in hospitals for delivery as well as attend clinics throughout pregnancy.

He further stated that maternal deaths can be reduced and be suppressed, as there will be an effective strategy of sustainable service delivery and adequate supervision before and after delivery.

On behalf of the government and the Ministry of Health, The director thanked the American people, their government and USAID for their great support to ensure maternal deaths are decreasing significantly in Unguja and Pemba.

He said the goal of the Ministry of Health, is to ensure women and children deaths related to reproductive health decline to 150 by 2015.

Earlier, Jhipiego Resident Director in Tanzania MaryJane Lacoster expressed their satisfaction with the cooperation they get from both governments of Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar.

Lacoster explained that the progress made in saving the lives of mothers and babies during birth, either due to the support and cooperation in the five-year plan, consistent with that of other institutions in the country and internationally.

Lacoster said successes have given Jhipiego heart to continue working closely with the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, consistent with partners who bring the programme to ensure that Tanzanians are healthy.

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