First Lady Launches Child Health Now (CHN) Campaign In Accra

World Vision Ghana (WVG), yesterday, launched a campaign dubbed: ‘Child Health Now (CHN),’ which aims to reduce the preventable death of women and children less than five years.

The campaign, launched on the theme: ‘Together We Can End Preventable Child Deaths,‘ is World Vision’s first global campaign to contribute to the achievement of a significant reduction in child and maternal mortality rates by focussing on policy changes through dialogue with government  and other partners in line with Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5.

The campaign targets diverse decision  and policy makers at the local, national and international levels including governments, United Nations Agencies, donor community, leaders and the society as a whole, with children below the age of five years, pregnant women and nursing mothers, and women of child-bearing age as direct beneficiaries of improved access to quality health services.

The expected outcomes of the campaign include increased availability of essential health services and commodities; increased government spending on health in line with the Abuja Declaration; and increased access to quality nutrition and health care for mothers and children in the most vulnerable communities.

In an address to launch the campaign, the First Lady, Mrs Lordina Mahama, appealed to health workers to desist from embarking on strike actions In order to prevent the unnecessary loss of lives.

Mrs Mahama underscored the importance of collaboration among all partners in the fight against maternal and child mortality, and for the long-term sustainability of the campaign, and congratulated all partners for their contributions towards maternal and new-born health.

In a solidarity message, Hon. Joseph Yieleh Chireh, Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Health, gave the assurance that the Parliamentary Select Committee on Health would collaborate with the Ministry of Health and its agencies as well as WVG to ensure that preventable deaths were considerably reduced.

Hon. Chireh stressed the need for good parenting and the need to redouble efforts at awareness creation on the causes of preventable deaths of women and children.

World Vision is a child-focussed Christian relief, advocacy and development organisation dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

In Ghana WVG began its activities in 1979, pursuing integrated community development interventions to alleviate the needs of the poor through community development projects that target small communities.

Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)