EU and WHO donate mosquito nets
“This medical equipment is part of the Programme of Accelerating the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality in Namibia (PARNaCM)”stated Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Richard Kamwi.
The PARMaCM is a partnership between the Ministry of Health and Social Services, the European Union and World Health Organisation.
He stated that the programme is expected to accelerate the programmes of the Ministry at all levels including community initiatives to improve maternal, newborn and child health and the primary health care facilities. “According to the Namibian demographic health survey, maternal mortality rate did not show much improvement in the last decade. Thus, this donation comes at the right time,” reiterated the minister. The donation included 17,000 treated nets and 680 vaccines which is meant to protect women and children from acquiring malaria. “We look forward to the accelerated implementation of initiatives started by PARMaCM to have a maximum impact on the reduction of maternal and child mortality and the achievements of the MDGs 4 and 5, which calls for improving maternal health and reduction of maternal mortality rate ratio by three quarters and child mortality rate by two thirds by 2015” concluded the minister.