The 'Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal, Newborn and Child Mortality in Africa' (CARMMA) has been a major initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC) since its' launch in 2009. Driven by the AUC with the support of partners, it works to promote and advocate for intensified and renewed action towards ending preventable maternal and child deaths in Africa. To date, 44 African countries have nationally launched CARMMA under the theme: "Africa Cares: No Woman Should Die While Giving Life". This year's CARMMA Week theme is "Accountability for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health: Lives, not just numbers!"
USAID's Africa Bureau and ASH collaborated with colleagues from UNFPA, UKaid, AustralianAID, and the African Union Commission to develop the innovative online data platform called African Health Stats. We are pleased to announce the launch of the website in conjunction with CARMMA Week 2014. The platform enables African politicians, health advocates, implementers, donors, and the wider health community to access and share information on the performance of African countries in a variety of MNCH and other health indicators. The site serves as a powerful way to draw attention to examples of strong performance across Africa and demonstrates that change is possible.
The data platform can be accessed using the following link: www.africanhealthstats.org
The African Union hopes that the vibrant and accessible data presented on the site will inspire and motivate action and collaboration throughout Africa that reduces preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths.
Please join us in celebrating CARMMA Week during November 24th-28th by visiting and promoting the site in efforts to increase awareness of MNCH progress in Africa.