The Department of Health published a National Strategic Plan for a Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality in Africa (CARMMA). The plan documents South Africa’s commitments and plans in terms of the regional CARMMA programme to reduce maternal, perinatal and under-five morbidity and mortality rates. The Fourth Session of the African Union Conference of Ministers of Health in May 2009 launched the CARMMA campaign – the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality in Africa. Each Member State agreed to launch CARMMA in their respective countries and this strategic plan documents South Africa’s plan of action to address maternal and infant morbidity and mortality.
The goal of the campaign in South Africa is to “accelerate the reduction of maternal and child morbidity and mortality through accelerated implementation of evidence-based interventions essential to improve maternal health and child survival.”
The targets for CARMMA in South Africa are to: reduce by two thirds, by 2015, the under-five mortality rate; reduce by three quarters, by 2015, the maternal mortality ratio; and achieve, by 2015, universal access to reproductive health.
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