Evangelicals urge politicians to address maternal health in Africa
The Association of African Evangelicals (AAE) has outlined its concerns in a letter to Thomas Boni Yay, President of Benin and the Chairman of the African Union (AU). The AAE urges members of the African Union to make maternal healthcare an urgent priority when they meet in Ethiopia next week. In particular, the members of African Union are reminded of their pledge 10 years ago to allocate at least 15% of their total annual budgets to the health sector.
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Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
The countries on track to meet the MDGs by 2015 are Algeria, Cape Verde, Egypt, Eritrea, Madagascar, Rwanda, the Seychelles and Tunisia. The AAE is being supported in its call by Micah Challenge, an international Christian movement to end poverty. Micah Challenge has recently run campaigns addressing maternal health in Benin and Zimbabwe. In Benin, 500 women presented the health minister with a petition calling for MDGs 4 and 5 to be met.
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