WINDHOEK: The European Union (EU) has announced that it will fund the Programme for Accelerating the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality in Namibia (PARMaCM) over the next four years.
Speaking about the Euro 10 million (about N.dollars 100 million) funding at a media briefing here today, the Head of the EU Delegation to Namibia, Ambassador Raul Fuentes Milani highlighted the importance of such a programme for the country’s development.
Areas of support from the EU to Namibia include mainly rural development and education.
According to Milani, the contribution to the health sector is paramount in order to address major causes of maternal and child mortality, and also to build partnerships with the World Health Organisation (WHO).
He raised the concern that maternal and child mortality in Namibia has not improved over the years, and said the country lags behind in terms of the Fifth Millennium Development Goal (MDG), which is improving maternal health.
At the same occasion, United Nations’ (UN) Resident Coordinator, who is also the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Namibia Resident Representative, Musinga Bandora expressed similar sentiments, noting that the agency has programmes in place to help countries that are lagging behind with the MDGs.