Children Maternal Mortality Rate Decrease In Afghanistan

The children and maternal mortality rate has been reducing in Afghanistan since 2001, while maternal mortality comes down from 1,600 to 1,400 and children mortality under age of 5 years has come down from 257 to 161 annually, said Dr. Suraya Dalil, acting Minister of Public Health in a joint Press Conference with representatives of WHO and UNICEF here in Kabul on Sunday.Dr. Dalil added that out of 100,000 pregnant women, 1,600 used to die annually in Afghanistan nine years ago but this figure has come down to 1400, on the other hand, children mortality under of 5 years has come down from 257 to 161.This considerable figure was issued by United Nations (UN) in annual General Assembly on decreasing of children and maternal mortality rates.

The acting minister of MoPH noted, the extension of health services, access to health services and implementing of child vaccination are the main reasons to decease the mentioned rate since 2001, but still child, maternal mortality rate of Afghanistan is highest in the world and a lot of efforts are ahead social-justice, equality and access of health services.

The proposal of World Health Organization (WHO) in the UN General Assembly was to invest in the health sector of Afghanistan and pay $15 to $30 dollar annually on health of each person to develop health status in Afghanistan while currently $11 dollar for each person is paid annually Dr. Dalil observed.Dr. Dalil mentioned, MoPH, Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization and UNICEF agreed to implement two rotavirus vaccines that would be implement with in next four years and it will start in 2012 to rescue lives of thousands children.

Peter Graff, Representative of WHO to Afghanistan said introducing of new vaccines will be a positive step in reducing children mortality.He added that WHO wants to combat against diseases to reach our MDG in Afghanistan.Peter Crowley, Representative of UNICEF to Afghanistan said that currently it has problem to provide health services in some areas. He also added that harder efforts are required to achieve MDG by 2015.