This Article was put out today by Ruetgers: BRAZZAVILLE, 5 August 2008 (IRIN) – Maternal and infant mortality rates in the Republic of Congo have remained worryingly high despite measures to reduce them, a senior government official said.“The situation is still worrying,” Emilienne Raoul, the minister of health and social affairs, said on 3 August in the capital, Brazzaville. “We will continue with efforts aimed at reversing this level of maternal mortality.”Some 510 women out of every 100,000 die during childbirth in the Congo, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). “The fight to lower maternal and infant mortality will remain a preoccupation in theRead More →

Ruetgers news outlet published this story the day Jennifer left. Emilienne Raoul — the Republic of Congo’s minister of health, social affairs and family — on Sunday called on Congolese men to take a more active role in improving maternal health in the country, IRIN News reports. Congo’s maternal mortality rate is higher than the average rate in Africa. About 890 of every 100,000 pregnant women in Congo die in child birth from complications including postpartum hemorrhages, hypertension and infections, according to IRIN News.Speaking in Pointe Noire, Congo, Raoul said, “Men have to get involved and participate in promoting reproductive health. To do so, weRead More →