What is CARMMA?
The Campaign for Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA) is an African Union Commission (AUC) and UNFPA initiative to intensify the implementation of the Maputo Plan of Action for the reduction of maternal mortality in the Africa region. Several United Nations agencies, bilateral donors and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) support CARMMA at the national, regional and global levels.
CARMMA was initiated by the AUC in recognition of the daunting challenge of reducing maternal mortality in most African countries by 75 per cent (in comparison with 1990's figures) by 2015, as recommended in Millennium Development Goal 5 (MDG5). There is concern that many African countries may not attain MDG 5 if efforts are not redoubled. This was despite a decade-long global economic boom prior to the recent global recession, increased international co-operation and economic growth in Africa. Read full detailsMaputo Plan of Action
Maputo Plan of Action is targeted at curbing maternal mortality and promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
In September 2006, ministers of health and delegates from 48 African countries met in Maputo, Mozambique where they agreed unanimously that the right to health is under serious threat in Africa, and that poor sexual and reproductive health is a leading killer.
To address this problem, they adopted a plan of action to ensure universal access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services on the continent. Read more details Read the full report