SAFE MOTHERHOOD DAY ESSENTIAL FOR SURVIVAL


By The Citizen Reporter

Today, April 11, is National Safe Motherhood Day (NSMD), which is commemorated annually to raise awareness and spread more awareness about good health and other forms of care for safe motherhood .

This relates in particular to the various maternities for pregnant and lactating women, focusing on essential elements such as “the reduction of anemia in women; ensure good institutional delivery (if possible); better prenatal and postnatal health care – including the provision of good nutrition and medical care for mother and child, et cetera”.

Initiated by the United Nations (UN) in 1987, the concept of “safe motherhood” has the main objective of “ensuring that women experience pregnancy and childbirth in complete safety, so that they can give birth to healthy babies…

In some UN member countries – such as India, for example – the NSMD concept goes even further, also raising awareness of the need to also prevent child marriage, a situation that has been shown to contributes to high-risk motherhood in all its forms. .

One thing leading to another and acting on the recommendations of the White Ribbon Alliance India (WRAI) – an alliance of maternal health advocates committed to reducing maternal mortality and morbidity in India – the Indian government officially declared on April 11 National Safe Motherhood Day.

April 11 was the birth date in 1869 of Kasturba Gandhi, married at 14 to the generally recognized father of the Indian nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

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Over time, and for good reason, the NSMD initiative has been strengthened at the international level by including the noble objective of reducing maternal mortality in the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 2000-2015. .

The successor United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 2016-2030) aim to reduce the global maternal mortality rate to less than 70 per 100,000 live births, from 830 deaths in 2019.

Well, what else can do much better than faithfully observing National Safe Motherhood Day, praying?

WANTED: CHANGE OF MIND

Job creation and unemployment are hot issues globally, and Tanzania is no exception. Meanwhile, employers complain of poorly trained staff. They argue that, more often than not, they have to invest a lot of money to train themselves and bring their employees up to the desired standards.

So what is the cause of this discrepancy? Obviously, our education system has problems. It provides the labor market with semi-skilled and low-skilled personnel. What’s even worse is that it makes students think about “getting a job somewhere” rather than becoming self-employed.

This calls for serious reforms. To begin with, all doctorate holders must, by law, transform themselves into institutions capable of creating jobs. This would not only help to create more decent jobs, but would also encourage innovation. Production would also increase.

The role of government is to provide an enabling environment for this transformation. It must ensure that the education system is aligned with modern needs.

Families need to sharpen children’s thinking so that they enjoy independent work from an early age.

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