UN launches Zero Mothers Die

International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics

09/2014

The UN has launched a new international campaign to promote efforts to fight maternal and child mortality.

Unveiled at the fifth Women Leaders Forum during the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday (September 22nd), the Zero Mothers Die campaign plans to use IT, particularly mobile technology, to get healthcare information to women who need it.

It comes as part of the ongoing Every Woman Every Child initiative, which began during the UN Millennium Development Goals Summit four years ago.

Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS, said at the event that the new campaign will leave no mother behind as it focuses on reducing the transmission of HIV from mothers to their children.

“We have to revolutionise the HIV response and ensure that all women have access to the HIV services they need,” he said.

Christine Kaseba, Zambia’s first lady, added that investment is needed in technology to help increase the impact of healthcare initiatives.

“No baby should die because the right information was not available,” she said.

Posted by David Smith