President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi was honoured with an award for his commitment to the cause of child welfare by the NGO MAMTA Health Institute for Mother and Child,earlier this week. The ceremony took place at Taj Mahal hotel.
Despite there being health concerns across the breadth of Africa,internationally,attention is usually focused on larger nations like South Africa,Kenya or Nigeria. However,there are plenty of smaller countries with populations between 9 to 10 million,which suffer from extremely high infant mortality rates, said Delhi-based paediatrician and executive director of MAMATA,Dr Sunil Mehra. The organisation was set up in December,1990,and its first project was providing clinical services to women and children in Tigri,a slum located in Delhi. It has since been working to promote healthcare of women and children and is,today,an internationally recognised NGO,present in Nepal,Bangladesh and other Asian countries besides 14 states of India. We have over two decades of experience in child welfare and have done extensive work within the Indian subcontinent as well as Southeast Asian countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia. We felt it was time to look beyond Asia and see how we can help in Africa. So we have worked with committees and organisations in Tanzania,Nambia and Zambia. We recently got a call from Senegal asking us to consult with the authorities there, added Dr Mehra.