Changing the world

Written by Qudrah Bernard | Posted on  8 April, 2016.

With the UN summit held 2015 on the sustainable development goals looming, about the 17 initiatives that could transform the world by 2030 were agreed. The number three goal is to “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.” These initiatives have to be taken into consideration within the next 15 years to come.  While the world is going through tremendous poor provision of hearth services; the only group that is serious affected with those poor health services are women and children. Many women die before they got birth to their lovely babies, yet many children die when they are under 5 years old.

While the world is on this race to ensure healthy lives (especially to women) and promote well-being for all ages: the initiative strategies are taken into action slowly. 2030 is near, yet no effective measures are taken. It is like we really don’t know how big this problem is. The idea is just not only to focus on our country but also to join the international race so that by 2030 we become able to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births and to end preventable deaths of new-borns and children under 5 years of age.

The big question is, “are we really intending to change the world and help poor women and children who die yearly?” or we want to let them experience this problem for long time? If the answer is “yes” why are our steps or actions too slow compared to the vast of the problem we want to solve? In 2015 the WHO reported that approximately 39,000 babies die before they reach one month of age, making Tanzania the country with the eleventh highest number of new-born deaths globally. These lives could be saved with quality care around birth, cost effective, available drugs and simple interventions. Changing the world is not a simple thing, serious measures and sometime sacrifice of time to spent on and cost is need. Tanzania needs to increase more efforts.