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Gates foundation raises alarm over maternal, infant mortality rate

In a document tagged ‘Annual Goalkeepers Report’, the foundation stated that the world has unanimously fallen short halfway from achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Photo: PPFN

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has called for immediate action for the world to be on track to achieve the global goal of cutting the maternal mortality rate to less than 70 out of 10,000 births and infant mortality to 12 deaths per 1000 live births by 2030.

The foundation expressed displeasure over the increasing rate of maternal and infant mortality across the world.

It acknowledged the global efforts between 2000 and 2015 but pointed out that since the covid-19 pandemic, there has been a significant decline in maternal and infant health.

The report however introduced a new data showing potential for scaling up global access to seven innovations and practices that address the leading causes of maternal and infant death.

The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation however, emphasised on the need for innovations for the people who need them including women in low income countries as well as black and indigenous women.

Writing by Victorson Agbenson; Editing by Muzha Kucha and Julian Osamoto