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NAIROBI cheap nike air max 90 , Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- The East African Parliament on Thursday said that the East African Community (EAC) partner states are lagging behind in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Four and Five on child and maternal health.


The East African Inter-Parliamentary Forum on Population, Health and Development Chair Martin Nduwimana told a maternal health forum in Nairobi that the region is still grappling with unacceptably high levels of mortality among women, particularly around the time of delivery and newborns within the first year of birth.


"A 15-year-old East African girl is nine times more likely to die from a maternal cause compared to her peers in the developed world," Nduwimana said during the Seventh Ordinary meeting of the East African Inter-Parliamentary Forum on Population, Health and Development.


He said a significant proportion of deaths of children under the age of five occur within the first month of life, "despite the fact that the causes of the childhood deaths are well known and can be prevented by a host of easily available and affordable interventions."


The legislator noted that there is greater political will in the EAC on the implementation of measures that will prevent the deaths even in the remotest villages.


Nduwimana said the Parliament will play a big role in ensuring access to quality reproductive maternal newborn and child health commodities so that the region can achieve universal health care.


East African Community Deputy Secretary General Jesca Eriyo urged the regions government's should allocate more funds towards health nike air max 90 nz , noting the region is also implementing the EAC Regional Open Health Initiative, in order to track maternal and child health indicators.


Eriyo said the region will put more emphasis on health in the Post 2015 development agenda.


MAPUTO, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- Unitaid, an international organization hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO), launched here on Monday a project to bring malaria prevention care to 400,000 pregnant women and their babies in four African countries.


According to Unitaid nike air max flair womens nz , with a budget of 50 million U.S. dollars, the "Transforming Intermittent Preventive Treatment for Optimal Pregnancy" (TIPTOP) project will be implemented in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Mozambique and Nigeria, countries from the Sub-Saharan region hit by malaria.


In Mozambique in particular, latest statistics indicated that more than 28 percent pregnant women are infected with malaria. The project will benefit 100 nike air max flair mens nz ,000 women from the province of Sofala in the central region of the country and will later be expanded to Nampula, the country's most populated province.


"The project will be an opportunity to increase the number of pregnant women seeking prenatal consultation, for a better management of medicines and an integration of the country's malaria control program between the health department and different partners and to increase the coverage of Intermittent Preventive Treatment for pregnant women (IPTp)," Nazira Abdula, minister of health for Mozambique, said during a launch ceremony of the five-year project in Maputo.


The minister said Mozambique is honored to launch a project of such a dimension nike air max flair nz , which is a clear evidence of the importance of preventing malaria in pregnancy worldwide, at a time when there is a global call for accelerating actions.


The TIPTOP project will equip local community members, traditional birth attendants, community health workers and volunteers with doses of sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) to be administered at community level.


Unitaid said this project accelerates access to innovative health products for those who need them most.


"We are excited to see Mozambique launch the TIPTOP project that will provide pregnant women with a life-saving medicine to protect them and their infants from malaria," said Lelio Marmora, executive director of Unitaid.


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NAIROBI, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's port of Mombasa experienced an 11.9-percent increase in traffic in the first seven months of 2017, compared to the same period last year, officials said on Wednesday.


Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Managing Director Catherine Mturi-Wairi told a business forum in Nairobi that from January to July nike air max 97 nz , the port handled a total of 17.52 million tons, up from 15.66 million tons registered in the corresponding period of 2016.


"The overall positive growth compared to last year's was largely driven by increased import volumes," Mturi-Wairi said during the annual KPA stakeholders' forum.


In 2016, the East African port handled a total of 27.36 million tons of cargo, up from 26.73 million tons handled in 2015, realizing a favorable growth of 2.4 percent.


"We expect the port performance to increase in 2017 over 2016 nike air vapormax flyknit nz , despite the extended electioneering period," she said.


In terms of container traffic, KPA also registered an increase of 66,806 Twenty Four Equivalent Units (TEUs) or 10.7 percent, after registering 689,593 TEUs between January and July of 2017 against 622 nike air vapormax womens nz ,787 TEUs recorded in the corresponding period last year.


"This performance compares favorably against the global average growth rate of four percent per annum," Mturi-Wairi said.


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