Sunyani, September 29, 2023
The Reproductive Needs and Fitness (RENEF) Foundation has called for multi-sector and donner support through combination of resources and efforts to fight Gender Based Violence and most especially bring the alarming cases of maternal and neonatal mortality under control.
RENEF is a Ghana based non-governmental organization established in 2016, into finding possible solutions to public health challenges through advocacy, support services, public and health education as well as health promotion.
Addressing a news conference in Sunyani, the NGO worried the rapid increase in maternal and child mortality cases in Ghana is a “very disturbing” situation.
A statement signed by Abigail Antwi-Baafi, the Executive Director of the foundation indicated that from 2018 to 2022, Ghana recorded not less than 5000 neonatal deaths annually.
According to the statement, Ghana further recorded the highest maternal mortality cases in 2022 over the past five years.
The statement explained statistics from the Centre for Health Information Management indicates that a total of 876 maternal deaths were recorded in 2018.
In 2019, the statement said maternal deaths recorded in Ghana was 838 and dropped to 779 in 2020.
The statement said the figures saw and increase to 875 in 2021 and a peak record of 947 maternal deaths in 2022.
The numbers are disturbing and needs to be urgently addressed, the statement said.
It is in this regard, that RENEF Foundation launched a campaign, dubbed “Improve Maternal and Child Health Care (#IMCHC campaign)” as part of its Miss Nightingale initiative to intensify sensitization on maternal and child health care delivery with focus on Malnutrition/Anemia, Hygiene, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT)-HIV AIDS and Maternal and Child Mortality.
Activities of the foundation includes “publishing of 10 health educational materials on healthy living in 2016-2017 in our quest to educate the public on lifestyle and non-communicable diseases”.
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