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Improving women’s and children’s health in Africa; FBOs' response towards attainment of MDG targets

Improving women’s and children’s health in Africa; FBOs' response towards attainment of MDG targets

Accra, 21-24 February 2011. The 5th Biennial Africa CHAs Conference was hosted by the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) in collaboration with the secretariat of the Africa Christian Health Associations Platform (ACHAP). 75 participants from various countries of Africa, Europe and USA attended the conference.

The conference focused on maternal and child health. The UN Secretary General launched a Global Strategy on women’s and children’s health with a call to action made to various stakeholders to scale up coordinated actions towards better health for women and children. The UNDP also launched an MDG campaign aimed at mobilizing and sustaining commitment on maternal and child health. Similarly, the World Council of Churches (WCC) is calling upon Religious Leaders and communities to utilize their space of influence to mobilize communities and advocate with Governments and partners towards increased investment and coordinated action to achieve better health for women and children.

In response to these calls, ACHAP members, acknowledging their unique dual role of advocacy and service delivery towards improving access to quality health care in general including maternal and child health services ACHAP dedicated the 5th Biennial Conference and General Assembly meeting to MDG 4 and 5. The conference provided an opportunity for CHAs to take stock of where different countries were with regard to CHAs contribution to the MDGs and discuss opportunities for strengthening capacity, partnerships and health systems for quality, accessible and sustainable maternal and child health service delivery through the faith based health networks in Africa.

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