Offline: The false narrative of 'tremendous progress'
The Lancet | Comment | Richard Horton | Published: September 28
This comment highlights how the health of women, children and adolescents, globally, are being drowned out in the march towards UHC.
Maternal and neonatal health issues are being dropped and we are losing a true and clear picture of global health.
"While many countries may justifiably celebrate success in reducing maternal and child mortality, sub-Saharan Africa presents a very different story. Some of the highest rates of child mortality are to be found in Africa. One in 13 children dies before their fifth birthday. The UN does note that 'special attention is needed for sub-Saharan Africa' and that it is 'urgent to further accelerate progress'. But this conclusion comes with no credible proposals to explain what 'special attention' means. Such weak acknowledgement of systemic failure is shameful."
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HIFA profile: Nand Wadhwani is a Founding Trustee of The Mother and Child Health and Education Trust (MCHET) http://motherchildtrust.org/. Over the past 2 decades he has launched several programmes to address the challenge of improving access to essential health and nutrition information in low- and middle-income countries. MCHET works primarily in the areas of mother and child nutrition, water, hygiene, sanitation and diarrhoea prevention, treatment, control and management. Nand firmly believes that the most effective and efficient way to advance health education is by employing a mix of established and newer communication technologies to deliver contextually-appropriate messages directly to the people who need it most. He is presently working on the global implementation of HealthPhone, a family of free illiterate-friendly mobile phone apps. with preloaded, reliable, relevant health and nutrition material in various formats in local languages. Using rich multimedia, HealthPhone puts life-saving and life-changing content directly in the hands of those who can use it in an accessible format and with 24x7 availability, everywhere. He is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and mHIFA Working Group.
Email: nand AT motherchildtrust.org