By John Donnelly, Globe StaffJOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (SEPTEMBER 24, 2004) — Meeting in Nigeria four years ago, African leaders set a goal that 60 percent of children and pregnant women in malaria-affected areas around the continent would be sleeping under bed nets by the end of 2005.Today, fewer than 5 percent in those areas use the nets, which are coated with insecticide to kill mosquitoes that carry the deadly disease.

HEADLINE: Afghan midwives aim to reduce maternal and child mortality KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (OCTOBER 8, 2004) —  Afghanistan has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, says Kaswera Vulere, a Midwifery Training Coordinator with World Vision. The country's health care system was left shattered after more than two decades of war, with medical care for pregnant mothers and newborns almost non-existant in the countryside. "The high rate of complications shows clearly that antenatal care is very low in the rural districts," continues Kaswera.

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (OCTOBER 13, 2004) — On Oct. 13, REACH staff in Kabul gathered to promote international support for safe motherhood and reproductive health programs. The ceremony also marked the 10th anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations of the Programme of Action set forth by the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Egypt.The Preamble to the Cairo Conference 1994 Programme of Action states several goals and objectives that the REACH Program is working to help the Afghan Ministry of Health achieve.


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