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White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood Challenges World Economic Forum on Africa to Invest in Women's Health
Date:6/5/2008

and support African nations to make good on the Abuju Declaration to allocate 15% of the national budget to health. Not only is an investment in women's health one that reaps enormous economic benefits, it is the right thing to do."

Experts estimate a package of maternal health services costing less than US$1.50 per person could make significant improvements in women's health in the 75 countries where 95% of maternal and child deaths occur. Funding for population, family planning and reproductive health has declined since the mid-1990s, especially if HIV/AIDS money is excluded. Aid to the least developed countries has essentially stalled since 2003. Dangerously low and declining investments in women's health jeopardize gains made to reduce child mortality and combat HIV/AIDS as well as development to eradicate poverty.

The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, with members in 91 countries, is leading a global campaign - A Promise to Mothers Lost: Healthy Pregnancy and Safe Childbirth for All - to amplify demands for greater investment in maternal health and to catalyze public support to hold politicians and public officials accountable for ensuring systemic changes to give every woman access to quality health services. For more information, please go to http://www.promisetomothers.org.

Contact: Deborah Clark, Communications Director

White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood

debclark@promisetomothers.org, 071-625-5944


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