Impact of Family Planning in 2022: 908 Maternal Deaths, 339,447 Pregnancies and 142,568 Unsafe Abortions Averted

The directorate of mother and child health yesterday delivered the figures for family planning in 2022. The statistics reveal that 908 maternal deaths, 339,447 pregnancies and 142,568 abortions in risk were averted in approximately 876,036 family planning users in 2022.

The celebration of the 10e anniversary of the Call to Action for Maternal and Child Survival (DSME) served as a platform for the Maternal and Child Health Directorate to deliver family planning numbers in 2022. Approximately 876,036 users were counted in 2022. Figures show that 339,447 pregnancies, 142,568 unsafe abortions and 908 maternal deaths were averted. According to Dr. Fanding Badji of the DSME, these results contribute to the reduction of infant and child mortality and malnutrition. “High-impact interventions on maternal mortality, monitoring of pregnancy and childbirth and the humanization of person-centred care contribute to saving the lives of mothers. The challenges must be met by creating demand and the continued availability of quality products and services, dealing with social inequalities and gender disparities, through monitoring-evaluation-research, the multisectoral approach, capitalization private sector interventions, strengthening community interventions and the availability of qualified human resources,” he says.

For the head of the university pediatrics department at UCAD, Ousmane Ndiaye, Senegal is committed to maintaining the mortality rate above 70% per 100,000 live births, the infant and child mortality rate above 25 per 1,000 live births and the neonatal mortality rate above 12 per 1000 live births.

“We have a lot of human resources requests and very few offers, which is essential to be able to reduce these mortalities,” he says. And to continue: “We will have to deal with frequent shortages of medicines because on community interventions, this poses a problem with the lack of ORS, dispersible Amoxicillin Zinc, the absence of free treatment at community level and the motivation of the actors”.

With regard to the fight against HIV, of the 40,277 expected PLHIV, 93% know their serological status, 79% were on ART and 69% had a suppressed viral load. This demonstrates a drop in mother-to-child transmission from 7.2 to 3.1% between 2008 and 2009.

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