First Lady urges strong partnership with devt organisations to achieve SDGs

The First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo, has underscored the need for Ghana to continue to build strong partnership with development organisations in its quest to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly the one that related to the health, development and wellbeing of children.

The SDG3 of the United Nations (UN) aimed to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per cent per 100,000 live births and end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age by 2030.

Speaking at the Annual General and Scientific Meeting of Paediatrics Society of Ghana on the theme, ‘Building partnership to achieve Sustainable Development Goals 3’, Mrs Akufo-Addo who is championing the course of children’s health said Ghana needs to strengthen its partnerships with others.

According to her, since the SDGs were rolled out, the need for stronger partnerships has become more pertinent because it has provided opportunities to access a broader range of resources, expertise, and competitive advantage.

” Strategic partnerships provide opportunities to access a broader range of resources and expertise and provides competitive advantage in a world that has increasingly become competitive,” she said.

“How else would preventable deaths of newborns and children under five years of age be ended by 2030 if the status quo remains?” she quizzed.

Mrs Akufo-Addo also took the opportunity to charge all stakeholders to be focused, truthful and accountable since partners do not come easily.

Participants at the meeting expressed their profound gratitude to the First Lady for her commitment towards the maternal and child healthcare.

They commended Mr Akufo-Addo for her support to the
Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and the Mother and Baby Unit at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.

BY TIMES REPORTER

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