“I am happy that interventions in the health sector in Zambia have begun to bear fruit considering a maternal mortality reduction of 729 deaths per 100,000 births in 2000 to 591 in 2007, government has taken steps to enhance safe and successful Childbirth, including the construction of new district hospitals, introduction of direct entry training courses for midwifes and an extension of retention schemes to tutors in training schools to bolster the professional human resource available for maternal health care.”
H.E. Rupiah Banda, President of the Republic of Zambia
“CARMMA demonstrates that the AU is not just into governance and issues of conflict, but also values maternal and child survival. That is the spirit. It’s not for us to wait for someone to come and solve our problems.”
Adv. Beince P. Gawanas, African Union Commissioner for Social Affairs
“Women have the same right as men and we will continue to pursue policies and actions aimed at achieving gender equality and the improvement of maternal and child health as well as the health of vulnerable sectors of the society”
H.E. Mr Youssouf Saleh Abbas, Prime Minister of the Republic of Chad.
“The success of this campaign relies on commitment and support from everybody. The reduction of maternal mortality is very important because if it is reduced then it acts as a catalyst for the reduction of other indicators like child mortality, which are unacceptably high. “We need to invest heavily in women because a great chunk of the world’s GDP comes from the unpaid work of women.”
Honorable Thokozani Khupe, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Zimbabwe
“We are grateful to t6he AUC for launching this initiative in order to carry out the MDGs related to maternal and child health. Maternal health is a major concern of the international community and Chad is classified among the 9 countries most affected by this tragedy. We are poised to internalize the objectives of CARMMA and translate at national level towards the roadmap.”
H.E Mrs. Hinda Deby Itno, First Lady of the Republic of Chad
“Pregnancy is not a disease but a normal and healthy part of human life. Maternal deaths could be prevented if women have access to quality family planning services and skilled care during pregnancy and childbirth.”
Fmr. President Rupiah Bwezani of Zambia
“A seed (CARMMA) has just been planted…. It is now the task of each African nation to water and nurture this seed so that all mothers and babies can have what they deserve: Life!"
H.E. Mrs. Jeannette Kagame (The First Lady of Rwanda)
“The death of a child during birth should be considered by every stake holder to be a crisis. We can no longer afford to sit and watch our women and children die of health conditions which are preventable. Now is the time for more concerted efforts and greater action.”
H.E. Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma (The First Lady of Sierra Leone)